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Stevens Point Daily Journal
Wisconsin, U.S.A.
2 May 1891

HORRIBLY BUTCHERED

A Terrible Murder in New York Causes the Belief that "Jack the Ripper" has Located in That City

New York, April 25.
A horrible crime committed in a thickly populated section of Lower New York at some time between 11 o'clock Thursday night and 10 o'clock Friday morning justifies a suspicion that the fiend known as "Jack the Ripper" of Whitechapel notoriety has located in this city, or that an equally blood-thirsty wretch is plying his trade of murder in the same fashion. Between the hours named an unknown woman about 55 years of age was disemboweled at the Fourth Ward hotel, a resort at No. 14 Catherine slip, and her assassin has disappeared mysteriously. About 10.30 o'clock Thursday night a tall, slender man about 30 years of age, dressed in a brown cutaway coat and light trousers, met an old woman who is known by the name of "Shakespeare" around the Fourth ward, and with her entered the hotel and asked for a room for the night. The man registered under the name of C. Nicoli, and he and the woman were shown to a room on the top floor. Friday morning the bartender went to the room and rapped on the door. There was no response and he forced the door. The dead body of the old woman was found lying on the bed. The body was completely naked. A deep gash extended from the lower part of the abdomen upward to the breast, which disemboweled it completely. The entrails had apparently been torn from the body and were scattered over the bed. There were also two deep cuts crossing each other on the back in the form of an exact cross.

It is believed the murderer strangled his victim first and then proceeded to his horrible butchery. There was no trace of the man and no one had seen him leave the hotel. The detectives placed under arrest a bartender, a woman named Mary Heeler and the chambermaid, Mary Mineter. The coroner had the murderer's knife, which is a common table knife with a broken blade about two inches in length and half an inch wide. The resemblance between this murder and those credited to Jack the Ripper in London is strong enough to warrant the presumption that the object aimed at was the same, although the procedure was slightly different.

Inspector Williams is assisting Inspector Byrnes in questioning the people continually being brought in by the largest force of central office detectives ever put to work on a single case in New York. One of the women arrested, a Mrs. Harrington, who keeps a lodging house, gave information whereby the police arrested a man knwon in his haunts as "Frenchy," and who, according to Mrs. Harrington, was an acquaintance of the dead woman, whose name she said was Carrie Brown, 60 years old. The woman formerly lived out at service, but was so much given to riotous living that she acquired an unenviable reputation and thus lost her chances of gaining an honest living. The police would give no information concerning the man nor would they give his right name.


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       Dissertations: A Tale of Two Frenchys 
       Dissertations: An Investigation into the Carrie Brown Murder 
       Dissertations: The Carrie Brown Murder Case: New Revelations 
       Dissertations: The New York Affair, Part II 
       Dissertations: The Ripper in America 
       Message Boards: Carrie Brown 
       Press Reports: Arizona Republican - 1 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Arizona Republican - 25 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Arizona Republican - 26 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Atlanta Constitution - 27 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 16 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 20 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 24 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 25 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 26 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 27 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 28 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 30 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Chilicothe Constitution - 27 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Daily Northwestern - 10 July 1891 
       Press Reports: Daily Northwestern - 27 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Daily Northwestern - 29 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Daily Northwestern - 30 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Daily Northwestern - 6 July 1891 
       Press Reports: Decatur Daily Republican - 1 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Decatur Daily Republican - 14 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Decatur Daily Republican - 15 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Decatur Daily Republican - 2 July 1891 
       Press Reports: Decatur Daily Republican - 25 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Herald Despatch - 2 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Indiana County Gazette - 29 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Manitoba Daily Free Press - 27 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Manitoba Daily Free Press - 4 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Middletown Daily Times - 13 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Middletown Daily Times - 30 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Ogden Standard - 1 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Ogden Standard - 26 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Ogden Standard - 3 July 1891 
       Press Reports: Olean Democrat - 30 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Qu'Appelle Vidette - 28 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Qu'Appelle Vidette - 7 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Reno Evening Gazette - 24 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Trenton Times - 15 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Trenton Times - 2 May 1891 
       Press Reports: Trenton Times - 27 April 1891 
       Press Reports: Weekly Gazette and Stockman - 30 April 1891 
       Victims: Carrie Brown