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Steve Laughery
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Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 3:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have just read about an unsolved murder in Rahway, New Jersey, in several articles published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in the spring of 1887. I am not suggesting that "Jack" was there; but there were several points about the killing that I found interesting.
1. "The body lay at the side of the road ... "
2. "Her throat had been cut from ear to ear ... "
3. " ... cutting her head nearly half off."
4. "The entire right side of the face was bruised and discolored from heavy blows."
5. "There was also on the chin two long cuts, which penetrated to the bone."
6. "On the third finger of the left hand of the dead woman were found three rings."
7. "The murdered woman's dress was thrown up as far as the knees ... "
8. Several people came forward to identify the woman (incorrectly); including one Mrs. Meyer who was positive she could identify her by a " ... mark ... on one of the girl's feet."
9. "Mayor Daley recieved the following letter this morning written in red ink: Dark deed, dark night, darkey. Offer a big reward and you will have your man. The letter was signed 'Vidocq'."
Has this case been discussed before?
It all makes for interesting reading. You can check it out at
Steve Laughery

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