23 August 1888
RESUMED INQUEST TO-DAY.
No further clue has, up to the present, been gained by the police as to the perpetrator of the murder of the woman whose body was found on the landing of George-yard-buildings, Whitechapel, on the morning of 7th of August. The Deputy-Coroner resumed the inquest on the body of the murdered woman this afternoon, in the Library of the Working Lads' Institute, Whitechapel-road.
Mr. Henry Samuel Tabran, of 6, River-terrace, East Greenwich, was the first witness called. He stated that he was a foreman packer in a furniture warehouse. He identified the body of the woman now dead as his wife. Her name was Martha Tabran, and she was 39 years of age. He last saw her alive eighteen months ago, in the Whitechapel-road. Witness had been separated from her for thirteen years. He went before Mr. Benson, the Magistrate, and said he should not live with her, on account of her intemperate habits. She took out a warrant for arrest for desertion, but he agreed to allow her 12s. a week This was carried on for three years, but afterwards, finding how she was living, he only gave her 2s. 6d a week. She was at the time living with another man. Witness identified the body through seeing an account of the murder in a newspaper, where her name was stated as Taboun.
The Coroner- Do you know how long she had been living with the other man? - The man is outside, and he says she had been living with him for the last ten years. Witness had not seen her since eighteen months ago.
Henry Turner, a hawker, said he had been living at a Working-man's Home. He also said that he had been living with the deceased up to within three weeks of the murder. Witness had lived with her for the past nine years. He had, however, left her once or twice when she took to drink. She did not follow any occupation, but occasionally
Witness last saw the deceased alive on the Saturday before the Bank Holiday - the 4th of August. She was then in Leadenhall-street. Witness gave 1s. 6d. to purchase some goods for sale. She used to get drunk whenever she had money to do so. She often stayed out late at night. She had no regular companions. Witness did not know that she was acquainted with a woman who goes by the name of "Pearly Poll." Witness, as a rule, was a man of sober habits, and he agreed well with the deceased as long as she did not drink. He then left her. Witness had known her to have stopped out all night. She had then stated that she had been seized with fits, and that she had been taken to a police station. Witness knew that she was subject to fits.
At the close the Jury returned a verdict of "Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown."