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Rose Bierman

Rose Bierman lived at 9 (possibly 19), Maidmans street, in the same residence as speculative Ripper victim Ada Wilson. She lived upstairs with her mother, while Ada lived in the downstairs quarters. Rose was described as a "young Jewess" by the local press. She was interviewed on the afternoon of the attack, and the Eastern Post and City Chronicle published her statement on 31 March 1888:

"Ada Wilson, the injured woman, is the occupier of the house, but at the time of the outrage she was under notice to quit. I knew Mrs. Wilson as a married woman, although I had never seen her husband. Last evening she came into the house accompanied by a male companion, but whether he was her husband or not I could not say. She has often had visitors to see her, but I have rarely seen them myself, as Mrs. Wilson lives in the front room, her bedroom being just at the back, adjoining the parlour. My mother and I occupy two rooms upstairs. Well, I don't know who the young man was, but about midnight I heard the most terrible screams one can imagine. Running downstairs I saw Mrs. Wilson, partially dressed, wringing her hands and crying, 'Stop that man for cutting my throat! He has stabbed me!' She then fell fainting in the passage. I saw all that as I was coming downstairs, but as soon as I commenced to descend I noticed a young fair man rush to the front door and let himself out. He did not seem somehow to unfasten the catch as if he had been accustomed to do so before. He had a light coat on, I believe. I don't know what kind of wound Mrs. Wilson has received, but it must have been deep, I should say, from the quantity of blood in the passage. I do not know what I shall do myself. I am now 'keeping the feast,' and how can I do so with what has occurred here? I am now going to remove to other lodgings."

This may or may not be the same "Rose Beerman" found in the 1881 census by researcher Chris Scott. Beerman was listed in 1881 as 17 years old, born in Spitalfields, and living with her parents at 6 Anns Place.

Contemporary Sources

The Eastern Post and City Chronicle - 31 March 1888

Secondary Sources

Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Message Boards (Census information)


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  Ada Wilson
       Message Boards: Ada Wilson 
       Press Reports: East London Advertiser - 31 March 1888 
       Press Reports: East London Observer - 31 March 1888 
       Press Reports: Eastern Post - 31 March 1888 
       Ripper Media: Jack the Ripper: A Cast of Thousands - Ada Wilson 
       Victims: Ada Wilson