14 October 1888
A Blood stained Man Thought To be the Whitechapel Fiend
London, Oct. 13.
Much importance is attached to the arrest, at Belfast, of a bloodstained man with a razor and knives in his possession on suspicion of being the Whitechapel murderer. It was known beforehand that the man who had been writing mysterious letters to editors of newspapers was actually in Belfast. On Oct. 9 he wrote from London to the editor of a Welsh newspaper. Two days afterward he wrote to a Belfast editor, the envelope bearing the belfast postmark, and was directed evidently by the same person, the handwriting being the same and the paper daubed over with red ink to imitate blood, exactly as in the specimens inspected.
Since the evidence at the inquest yesterday about the handwriting on the wall the identity of the murderer with the writer of these letters is generally believed.