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Elizabeth Allen

Resident of Crossingham's lodging house at 35 Dorset Street, Spitalfields. We currently know of only a single source that mentions Elizabeth Allen in connection with the Ripper murders. She allegedly gave a statement to the police (possibly to Inspector Reid) involving a suspect "living not far from Buck's Row." Her information apparently tallied with statements given by Mary Ann Connolly and Eliza Cooper. The 20 September 1888 edition of The Echo, the only source to mention Elizabeth Allen, offered the following extract:

Inspector Reid, Detective Sergeant Enright, Sergeant Goadby and other officers then worked on a slight clue given them by 'Pearly Poll.' It was not thought much of at the time; but what was gleaned from her and other statements given by Elizabeth Allen and Eliza Cooper of 35 Dorset Street, Spitalfields, certain of the authorities have had cause to suspect a man actually living not far from Buck's Row. At present, however, there is only suspicion against him.

We don't know what information Elizabeth's statement contained, but it seems likely that it involved the suspect known at that time only as "Leather Apron".

Contemporary Sources

Echo - 20 September 1888

Secondary Sources

Jack the Ripper: The Uncensored Facts (Begg)


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       Press Reports: Echo - 14 September 1888 
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       Press Reports: Austin Statesman - 05 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Daily Telegraph - 11 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Daily Telegraph - 12 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Galveston Daily News - 5 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Irish Times - 10 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Irish Times: 11 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Lloyds Weekly News - 9 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Manchester Guardian - 6 September 1888 
       Press Reports: News of the World - 21 October 1900 
       Press Reports: Penny Illustrated Paper - 15 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 10 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 5 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 6 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 11 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Weekly Herald - 14 September 1888 
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