The bodies of two young girls, whose ages respectively are 17 and 19, have been discovered, frightfully mutilated, in the Forest of Leskau, in Moravia. This double murder, says the Daily Telegraph Correspondent at Vienna, recalls in some of its revolting details the Whitechapel mysteries. It appears that Schinzel, a gamekeeper in easy circumstances, lived with his two daughters in the Leskau Forest.
The father is highly respected by his neighbours, and his daughters were remarkably well brought up. They lost their mother some years ago. Two brothers, the sons of a local merchant, had for some months past been regarded as the accepted suitors of the two girls, who, by the way, were both of them renowned for their beauty. The parents of the young men were frequent visitors at the gamekeeper's house, and no doubt was entertained that a double marriage had been satisfactorily arranged. Lately there appeared on the scene two gentlemen of distinction - a civilian and an officer - who were observed by the villagers to pay conspicuous attention to the gamekeeper's daughters, and were seen in their company constantly. They went to Leskau partridge shooting, and shortly after their arrival the merchant's two sons ceased their visits to the gamekeeper's.
A few days ago a hare battue was held. After it was over the gamekeeper's daughters were seen in the Leskau Forest in company of the two strangers, but they never returned home, and for four days nothing was heard of them. On the fourth day a peasant discovered their bodies in the forest. The elder sister was shot through the temple and her two breasts were cut off. The younger sister was shot in the breast and neck, while a wooden stave pierced the lower part of the body, running into the ground. One of the merchant's sons has disappeared, while his brother, who is suspected of having participated in the crime, from jealousy, has been arrested.
The Dowager Lady Kinnaird, of 1, Pall-mall East, S.W., has begun to raise a fund with a view, as she explains in a contemporary this morning, "of powerfully bringing the teachings of Christianity to bear on that dark corner in Whitechapel which has been disgraced by such hideous crimes." Lady Kinnaird's desire is to apply the fund in support of a colporteur to go from house to house with Christian literature for sale; an extra London City missionary, another Bible woman or nurse in connection with the London Bible and Domestic Female Mission, and a mission-house, to be the headquarters of this united effort, part of which might be used for girls' club-rooms, &c, with a resident lady to work specially among the young women of the district, with a few beds attached.
|Press Reports: Echo - 26 October 1888|