Friday, 12th October 1888
The inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of Catherine Eddowes, aged forty-three, the Mitre-square victim, was resumed this morning at the City Mortuary, Golden-lane, by Mr. Langham, the city coroner. The interest in the case is in no way abated, and the usual crowds congregated round the doors of the building.
Colonel Sir James Fraser and Superintendent Foster represented the City police, and Mr Crawford was solicitor on behalf of the Corporation of the City of London.
Dr Sequeira, who was the first medical man to arrive at the scene of the murder, corroborated previous medical testimony.
Replying to the City Solicitor, witness said there was sufficient light in the square to enable the murderer to do his work without extra light. He was of opinion that the murderer had no design on any particular organ of the body, and further that no anatomical skill was displayed. He accounted for the absence of noise by the death being instantaneous.
Dr Saunders, Medical Officer of Health of the City of London, said he examined the stomach of the deceased, more particularly for poisons of a narcotic class, with a negative result. He agreed with the other doctors that the murderer had no designs on any particular orgna, and that the murderer possessed no great anatomical skill.
Annie Phillips said she identified the deceased as her mother. Witness's father, whose name was Thomas Eddowes, was a hawker. She did not know where he was. Her father was in the 18th Royal Irish, and subsequently a pensioner. He left his wife eight or nine years ago, because she took to drink. Her father never threatened her mother, but they were not on good terms.
The Coroner said it was desirable to show that every effort was being made to clear the matter up.
Detective Sergeant Mitchell stated that he had endeavoured to trace deceased's husband and sons, but without success. He had ascertained that a man named Conway, which was the same as the deceased's husband, and not Eddowes, belonged to the 18th Royal Irish, but he was satisfied that the man was not the person who lived with the deceased.
Detective Baxter Hunt said he had confronted the man Conway with two of the deceased's sisters, but they did not recognise him.
A juror asked why the daughter had not seen Conway.
The City Solicitor replied that the daughter had not then been found, but she should see Conway.
Dr Brown was recalled to abolish the theory that the deceased was taken to Mitre square after death. He was certain the murder was committed on the spot, as the blood showed deceased did not move.
Constable Roberts said he took deceased into custody on the day of her death for being drunk.
Police Sergeant Byfield said he kept deceased in the cell until one o'clock in the morning and then discharged her. She gave the name of Mary Ann Kelly. The deceased was sober when she left.
George Clapp, caretaker, said he lived on the second floor of the building overlooking Mitre square. He heard no noise during the night.
Constable Lock deposed to finding portion of an apron worn by a woman in the passage of No 118 Gouldstone-street, near the scene of the murder. He saw the following writing on the wall, written in chalk - "Jews are the men that will not be blamed for nothing."
Detective Halse said he also saw the writing, and instructions were given for it to be photographed. Fearing a riot among the Jews if that were done, it being Sunday, the writing was at once rubbed out.
By the City Solicitor - Fear of riot was suggested by the metropolitan police and this was the only reason why the writing was not photographed. He protested against the writing being rubbed out, but as it was on metropolitan ground he had no authority.
This closed the evidence offered at present on behalf of the police.
Mrs Sodeaux, wife of a Spitalfields weaver, living in Hanbury-street, near the scene of the murder of Annie Chapman, was found this morning to have hanged herself to the banisters of her house. She had been much excited and affected by the circumstances attending the murder.
The Coroner summed up briefly, and said there was nothing to suggest that more than one person was concerned in the murder, and therefore suggested that their verdict should be one of wilful murder against some person unknown.
A verdict was accordingly returned to this effect.
The Pall Mall Gazette to-day asserts that Sir Charles Warren himself gave orders for the erasion of the words "Jews shall not be blamed for nothing," which the Whitechapel murderer wrote upon the wall after slaughtering the Mitre-square victim. The City police were thus prevented from photographing the handwriting.
An individual who sought admission to the Casual Ward at Eltham Union, Kent, has been detained by the master as answering one of the descriptions of the suspected Whitechapel murderer. Blood was found on his trousers and shirt. He wore a black cloth coat and a hard felt hat. The local police have communicated with the London police.
The Central News says - The Scotland yard authorities having satisfied themselves that the man arrested at Elham could have had nothing to do with the Whitechapel murders he will be set at liberty in due course. No arrests have been made to-day within the metropolitan district, and no persons are now in custody in connection with the East-end atrocities.
To-night, shortly before eleven o'clock, a man giving the name of John Foster, aged about 30, and described as a gentleman of no settled place of abode, was arrested by Constable Edward Carland, at 11 Memel street, Hollymasarrett, on suspicion of being the Whitechapel murderer. At the time of his arrest he had in his possession a bag containing a large clasp knife and three razors, one of the latter being stained with blood. He was not able to give any satisfactory account of himself, and was then taken into custody. In addition to the articles above mentioned he had on his person the sum of £19 to 5½d, a watch and chain, and a lady's necklace. The prisoner is a man of about five feet eight inches in height, fair hair and complexion, slight build, and rather shabby dress. Whe arrested he stated that he had been in Belfast since Sunday night last, and previously had been two days in Glasgow and two in Edinburgh. He declined to give any further information about himself or his movements. The arrest occasioned considerable excitement, partly owing to the fact that one of the evening papers had to-day published a letter purporting to be written by "Jack the Ripper," and threatening to "begin operations in Belfast."