Williamsport, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
1 October 1888
ATROCIOUS SLAUGHTER OF WOMEN IN LONDON
THE WORK OF A FIEND
LONDON DISMAYED AT THE AWFUL BRUTALITY
London, Sept. 30.
This morning the whole city was again startled by the news that two more murders had been added to the list of mysterious crimes that have recently been committed in Whitechapel. At an early hour it was known that another woman had been murdered, and the report was also current that there was still another victim. This report proved true. The two victims, as in the former cases, were dissolute women of the poorer class. That the motive of the murder was not robbery is shown by the fact that no attempt was made to dispose of the bodies.
The first murder occurred in a narrow court off Badners (sic) street. At an early hour this morning, beneath the window of a foreigners' socialistic club, a was concert was in progress and many members were present, but no sound was heard from the victim. The same process had been followed as in the other cases. The woman had been seized by the throat and her voice choked, and the murderer with one sweeping cut had severed her throat from ear to ear. The murderer had evidently been disturbed before he had time to mutilate his victim. The second murder was committed three quarters of an hour later in Mitre Square, five minutes walk from the scene of the first crime. Policemen patrol the square every ten minutes. The body of the unfortunate woman had been disembowelled, her throat cut and nose severed, heart and lungs had been thrown aside and the entrails were twisted into a gaping wound around the neck.
The incisions show rough dexterity. The work of dissection was evidently done with the utmost haste. Pending a report of the doctors it is not known whether or not a portion of the viceras (sic) was taken away. The doctors after a hasty examination of the body said they thought it must have taken about five minutes to complete the work of the murderer, who had then plenty of time to escape the patrol.
Mitre Square, the scene of the second murder, is a thoroughfare. Many people pass through the square early on Sunday morning on their way to prepare for market in notorious "Petticoat lane." The publicity of the place adds to the daringness of the crime.
The police, who have been severely criticized in connection with the Whitechapel murders, are paralyzed by these latest crimes. As soon as the news was received at police headquarters a messenger was despatched for the Chief Commissioner of Police, who was called out of bed and at once visited the scene of the murder. The inhabitants of Whitechapel are dismayed. The Vigilance Committees which were formed after the first crimes were committed had relaxed their efforts to capture the murderer. At several meetings held in Whitechapel tonight it was resolved to resume the work of patrolling the streets in the district in which the murders had occurred.
Dr. Blackwell, who was called to view the remains of the Badners street victim, gave it as his opinion that the same man, evidently a maniac, had committed both murders. The Badners street victim had evidently been dragged back by a handkerchief worn around the throat.