Friday, 19 October, 1888
ANOTHER ARREST BUT NO CLUE.
Telegraphing to-day the Central News says:- Another man has just been arrested in Whitechapel by the police on information received on suspicion of being concerned in the East End murders. He is about 35 years of age, and has recently been living in Whitechapel. He is somewhat confused as to his whereabouts lately, and will be detained pending inquiries. The force of police in private clothes specially selected to make the house to house search in the neighbourhood of Hanbury-street, Commercial-street, Dorset-street, Goulston-street, Bucks-road [sic], Brick-lane, Osborne-street, etc., completed their labours to-day. They have distributed many thousands of handbills, leaving them in every room in the lodging houses. The greatest good feeling prevails towards the police, and noticeably in the most squalid dwellings the police had no difficulty in getting information, but not the slightest clue to the murderer has been obtained.
The Press Association says:- Much importance is attached by the police to the arrest made at King-street Police-station, Whitehall. On Tuesday morning a man entered the above named station about nine o’clock, and complained of having lost a black bag. While the officials were taking note of his case, he commenced talking about the Whitechapel murders, and offered to cut off the sergeant’s head, and other rambling nonsense. It will be remembered that several people have testified to seeing a man with a black bag in the region of the murders, and who has not since been traced. The fact was at once remembered by the police, and the man was further questioned. In answer to an enquiry as to his business, he said he studied for some years for the medical profession, but gave it up for engineering, and that he had been stopping for some nights in coffee-houses. His manner then became so strange that Dr Bond, divisional surgeon, was sent for to examine the man. The doctor subsequently gave it as his opinion that the man was a very dangerous lunatic of homicidal tendency, and, as his appearance somewhat tallied with that published of the man who was seen with the murdered woman, he was removed to Bow-street, but before being taken thither, photos of his person were taken. He was also asked to write his name, and it is stated that the writing is somewhat similar to that of the letters received by the police and others. He gave his age as 67, but it is said he looks fully 20 years younger. The police are endeavouring to trace his antecedents and movements for the past few weeks.
The Times publishes the following:- Sir Charles Warren wishes to say that the marked desire evinced by the inhabitants of the Whitechapel district to aid the police in the pursuit of the author of the recent crimes has enabled him to direct that, subject to the consent of occupiers, a thorough house-to-house search should be made within a defined area. With few exceptions, the inhabitants of all classes and creeds have freely fallen in with the proposal, and have materially assisted the officers engaged in carrying it out.
This morning, Dr Bond, in conjunction with Dr Hibberd, made an examination, at the Mortuary, Millbank-street, of the leg and foot found yesterday at Whitehall. The examination lasted for some time, but no marks which might lead to identification were discernible. The foot and leg are exquisitely moulded, and the foot has been well cared for, the nails being well trimmed, while corns or bunions, which would probably distinguish the foot of a poor woman, are absent. There is no doubt these remains belong to the trunk and arm previously found, although of course, it is impossible to fit them to the trunk, as the upper portion of the leg has not been found. All the parts which have been found are now at the mortuary. It is stated that the police are going to pump out the well at the new police buildings, and that it will be thoroughly searched for further remains.
The Central News says the police were engaged from eight o’clock until ten last night in thoroughly searching the ground covered by the new police offices on the Thames Embankment. The well at the works was pumped dry, and the mud and débris at the bottom was minutely examined, but no human remains were found. The police bloodhounds are also used, and whenever they showed a disposition to linger the soil was dug up with spades and minutely examined. The examination was to have been resumed to-day, but up to four o’clock this afternoon nothing further had been done. It has transpired that some time ago a carman saw two men and a boy with a cart conveying a bundle stop outside the works. The boy scaled the hoarding, and opened the wicket gate, through which the men carried the bundle.