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Leanne Perry
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On another board it has been suggested that George Hutchinson was a pimp, (or the early equivilent). This would answer so many questions regarding him:
* Why he took so much notice of Mary's customer,
* Why he waited for three-quarters of an hour, after watching her for about fifteen minutes,
* What made Mary think that he might have had a spare sixpence,
* What made Abberline think he would be a valuable witness to have at that time,
* What he was doing hanging around Dorset Street at the time.

Another possibility is that he waiting to rob Mary's wealthy customer. The 'Times' 14 November reported that Hutchinson said that he saw his suspect in Petticoat Lane. Petticoat Lane was a market-palace full of Jewish traders, and known for the sale of second-hand clothes.

An article written in 1855 said: 'The various public-houses in Petticoat-lane, Harrow-alley and elsewhere, are generally crammed to excess. Through the open doorways we look into back rooms, where some dozen men are always smoking, their faces lost in the clouds of smoke which emanate from their lips. These men are known to the initiated as Petrticoat-lane fencers, or receivers of stolen goods. Patiently they sit in these filthy rooms, waiting news from their scouts, who they throw out as antennae to "feel the way", or for the appearance of the theive's confederate, who "gives the office" and tells where the booty may be found.'

What was Hutchinson doing in Petticoat Lane, and what was his suspect doing there?


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