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Brooklyn Daily Eagle
New York, USA
11 November 1888

LONDON'S LAST HORROR

No Clew to the Identity of the Whitechapel Assassin

London, November 10.

Although the latest Whitechapel murder is of such a nature that it cannot be passed over without great public stir, the popular excitement it has created is far less than that which was noticeable after the other frightful crimes came to light. The frequency with which the horrible deeds have been committed have made people callous to them, and, if it were not for the disgusting details of yesterday's crime, the present denunciation of the police department by the press would chronicle the deed, and, after a brief ruffling of the surface, London's social tide would continue to ebb and flow in peaceful forgetfulness of the revolting crime. According to statements made today by the neighbors of the unfortunate woman, the victim was alive and chatting with her next door lodger half an hour before her mutilated body was found. The surgeons, however, who viewed the corpse are unanimous in the opinion that the woman was murdered between 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning, thus confirming the first reports of the case. The detectives' inquiries today elicited the statement that the woman was singing at 1 o'clock in the morning. The same stupid methods of tracking the criminal are being employed now as in the former cases.

Sir Charles Warren is away on a leave of absence, his present locality being a mystery. He was last heard from at St. Petersburg. Urgent telegrams have been sent to him recalling him to his duty, but they have not reached him as yet. He is believed to be en route to Moscow now, but no one seems to know where he is. The fact of his absence has not yet been made public, but there will be a perfect storm of indignation when it is known.

The Cabinet discussed matters relating to the murder touching upon Commissioner Warren's efficiency for three hours this afternoon, and it is rumored that they will make a scapegoat of Warren. This would certainly be a sop to the public and would ward off censure of the Government for a time at least. The favorite theories regarding the identity of the murderer seem to be that he is either the Malay formerly spoken of, or a cattleman attached to some steamer that makes trips of a week's duration to some European port. The police incline to the latter supposition. According to this theory the murderer, after killing his victim, could destroy all trace of his whereabouts by immediately shipping and not returning to London for a week or so.