East London Observer
Saturday, 17 November 1888.
As recorded in our last issue, another terrible murder and mutilation of a Whitechapel "unfortunate" occurred on Friday morning last week, in the front room on the ground-floor of a house in Miller's-court, Dorset-street, Spitalfields, the victim being Marie Jeanette Kelly - a woman about 25 years of age - a blonde, of medium height, who was born in Wales, married a collier at sixteen years of age, and, becoming a widow shortly afterwards, led a gay life ever since. The murder was committed at about three o'clock on the Friday morning, although it was not discovered till eleven. The mutilations were of a revolting description - the throat being deeply cut, the abdomen ripped open, many of the entrails taken out, a certain organ being reported missing, and the fleshy portion of the cheeks, breasts, and thighs hacked away; while the verdict of "Wilful (sic) Murder" returned by Dr. Macdonald's - the coroner's - jury, on Monday, undoubtedly applies to the murderer of all the previous unfortunates, who, according to the description of a widow named Cox is a short, stout, shabbily-dressed man, with a blotchy face, and a carrotty moustache. Acting upon this description, the exceedingly large detective and police force concentrated in the district, are making investigations and inquiries in every quarter, and of the most painstaking character.