12 September 1889
Another Ghastly Murder Startles the Inhabitants of Whitechapel
JACK THE RIPPER AGAIN
London, Sept 11.
At half past five yesterday morning a policeman found the body of an abandoned woman lying in the corner of a railway arch spanning Cable street, Whitechapel. Examination of the body showed that the head and legs had been cut off and carried away and the stomach ripped open, leaving the bowels lying upon the ground. The police authorities immediately placed a cordon of officers around the spot, but no arrests were made. A policeman passed the place where the body was found every fifteen minutes throughout the night, and saw nothing to arouse his suspicions. Physicians believe that the murder occupied nearly an hour, and it is surmised that the murderer carried the head and legs away in a bag. The murder is the most horrible of the whole Whitechapel series. The dissection of the body showed that the perpetrator possessed considerable surgical skill. The murdered woman was about thirty years of age and was evidently addicted to the use of spiritous liquors. Her clothing was shabby. As yet she has not been identified. The murder has created tremendous excitement and a large crowd of agitated humanity surrounds the morgue, whither the body was taken. Further examination reveals the fact that there was no blood on the ground where the body was found, nor was there any indication of a struggle. This confirms the general belief that the woman was murdered in and house and her body taken to the spot where it was discovered. The trunk was nude, and a torn and bloody chemise was lying near it. Experts are of the opinion that the woman was killed two days ago. Three sailors were, subsequently to the discovery of the body, found sleeping in the arch. They were arrested, but convinced the police that they had neither seen nor heard anything of the body lying near them, and were discharged.