15 December 1888
He Was Charged with Being the Whitechapel Fiend - Where Is He Now?
Dr. Tumblety, the American who was suspected of being the Whitechapel murderer and arrested in London not long ago, but soon after released, is a man with a singular history. Between 1860 and 1864 he was as well known on the streets of Brooklyn, where he posed as an Indian herb doctor, as he subsequently was in the corridors of the Fifth Avenue hotel, where he paraded as an Englishman of wealth and a physician of marked pretensions.
Oddly enough, his companion when in Brooklyn was young Herold, who was implicated in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and who formed one of the quartet that subsequently swung from the gallows tree. Tumblety, at that time, had an office on Fulton Street, where he sold herbs for removing pimples from the face. Herold - who was a pale faced, large eyed, poetical looking boy - was with Tumblety constantly. He seemed a compromise between friend, companion and servant to the doctor. Tumblety had a large following in Brooklyn at this time, but played himself out after a time, and went across the river to New York. He always amde a good living - how, aside from his quack herb business, no one could tell. He was at this time a curious looking man.
He was about six feet four inches in height, and was an extremely well built though homely featured man. His face was very red, and his mustache dyed a jet black. Sometimes he rode, but generally he strode through the streets attended by a huge mastiff. He disappeared from public view after he had achieved great notoriety when he was suspected of complicity in the scheme to introduce yellow fever, by means of infected clothing, during the war, into New York city. Not long before the assassination of President Garfield he was often seen at the Fifth Avenue hotel with Charles Guiteau. Little has been heard of him of late years. He has a cunning felicity for achieving world wide notoriety by getting into apparent scrapes, but he always comes through his scrapes unscathed, unharmed. His notoriety in connection with the Whitechapel horrors is but another instance of this.A graphical copy of this article can be found here. Our thanks to Chris Scott for finding this article.