Ripper Letters
Police Officials
Official Documents
Press Reports
Victorian London
Message Boards
Ripper Media
Games & Diversions
Photo Archive
Ripper Wiki
Casebook Examiner
Ripper Podcast
About the Casebook


Most Recent Posts:
Kosminski, Aaron: My theory on Kosminski - by Trevor Marriott 28 minutes ago.
Witnesses: Pearly Poll's Husband - by MrBarnett 50 minutes ago.
Kosminski, Aaron: My theory on Kosminski - by Joshua Rogan 1 hour and 2 minutes ago.
Kosminski, Aaron: My theory on Kosminski - by c.d. 1 hour and 8 minutes ago.
Kosminski, Aaron: My theory on Kosminski - by Wickerman 1 hour and 18 minutes ago.
Kosminski, Aaron: My theory on Kosminski - by Abby Normal 2 hours ago.

Most Popular Threads:
Kosminski, Aaron: My theory on Kosminski - (11 posts)
Maybrick, James: Acquiring A Victorian Diary - (8 posts)
Catherine Eddowes: Eddowes in Wandsworth Prison - (7 posts)
A6 Murders: A6 Rebooted - (3 posts)
Lechmere/Cross, Charles: Lechmere was Jack the Ripper - (2 posts)
Maybrick, James: Who was the author of the 'Maybrick' diary? Some options. - (2 posts)

Wiki Updates:
Robert Sagar
Edit: Chris
May 9, 2015, 12:32 am
Online newspaper archives
Edit: Chris
Nov 26, 2014, 10:25 am
Joseph Lawende
Edit: Chris
Mar 9, 2014, 10:12 am
Miscellaneous research resources
Edit: Chris
Feb 13, 2014, 9:28 am
Charles Cross
Edit: John Bennett
Sep 4, 2013, 8:20 pm

Most Recent Blogs:
February 19, 2016, 11:12 am.
Chris George: RipperCon in Baltimore, April 8-10, 2016
February 10, 2016, 2:55 pm.
Mike Covell: Hull Prison Visit
October 10, 2015, 8:04 am.
August 9, 2015, 3:10 am.
November 14, 2014, 10:02 am.
Mike Covell: Mike’s Book Releases
March 17, 2014, 3:18 am.
   More Ripper Blogs »

Unmasking Jack the Ripper
"Perhaps the best Jack the Ripper documentary produced in recent years." North American and European DVD formats both available.
Buy now!

Richard Hawke

Witness at the inquest of the 'Pinchin Street Torso'.

A seaman from St. Ives in Cornwall who had arrived in London in July 1889 and who had been staying at the Greenwich Hospital. He appeared on the second day of the inquest, 24th September 1889:

I came out of the hospital last Monday fortnight, and at the time had no money. I walked up to London, and knocked about the streets until 20 minutes past 4 the next morning. I then went to have a rest under the railway arch. At that time I did not know the name of the street. It was very dark at the time. I was not exactly sober. I had about three pints of beer about shutting-up time. I know the time because a policeman who was close by told me. When I entered the arch I did not see anything. I think I lay down on the right-hand side of the arch in which I slept. There was another man with me when I went in, and he was in just about the same condition. To get to the arch in which we slept we had to go through the one in which the body was found, and did not see anything there at that time. The other man with me was a seaman, and I picked him up in a publichouse somewhere near the Sailor's Home. During the night I did not see or hear any one, and I was awoke by the police.[1]

Hawke was taken into custody along with Michael Keating who had also been found under the railway arches in Pinchin Street after PC William Pennett had discovered the torso.


  1. Inquest report, The Times, 25th September 1889

This page is part of the Wiki: Jack the Ripper project. If you would like to view or make edits to the wiki source, you may view the original wiki page at: