14 November 1888
THE BUTCHERY BEGUN AGAIN
London, Nov. 9.
Another horrible murder has taken place in the East End. A woman's body, hacked and cut into pieces, was found this morning in Dorset street. The body was found at eleven o'clock this morning. The police are endeavoring to track the murderer with blood hounds. The body was mutilated in a manner similar to the bodies of the women previously murdered.
The victim of the Spitalfields murder was, like the rest of the Whitechapel victims, an abandoned woman. She had a husband who was a porter, but she lived with him only at times. Her name is believed to be Lizzie Fisher, and she was nicknamed "Mary Jane." As she entered the house where she lodged, by means of a latch key, probably no one saw the man who accompanied her.
Hence if is doubtful if the murderer is ever identified. The man might easily have left the house at any time between the hours of one and six without attracting any special attention. The physicians who viewed the corpse reserve their statements for the inquest which will follow. Three bloodhounds, which are owned by a private citizen, have been placed on the scent, but they are useless.
The appearance of the remains was frightful and the mutilation was even greater than in the previous cases. The head had been severed from the body and placed beneath one of the arms. The ears and nose had been cut off. The body was disembowelled and the flesh was torn from the thighs. The uterus and other organs are missing. The forehead and cheeks had been completely skinned and one hand was pushed into the stomach.
London, Nov. 10.
The murder which took place in Spitalfields Whites (sic) district yesterday is undeniably a continuation of the series which was for a while interrupted for want of opportunity or inclination. In this case the murderer worked leisurely, as is made evident by the fact that the killing was done in a room fronting on the street, on the ground floor and within a few yards of a temporary police station, whence officers issued hourly to patrol the district. Although the metropolitan police system is not yet discredited, the bloodhound theory is entirely thrown out, since the murder was not discovered until ten o'clock in the morning while the streets were teeming with people and traffic was going on uninterruptedly. General Sir Charles Warren was early on the scene, and told a reporter that all the precaution in the world could not prevent the work of such murderers. The sole chance remaining to the police, he said, was to catch them red handed, and their change of tactics increased the difficulty. In the open air, where the killing has been done hitherto, the chance of their apprehension was slight, but in the case of an indoor murder, such as the last, the hope of arresting the perpetrator was almost barren of fruition. This latest murder will undoubtedly cause a large number of arrests on suspicion, but that the monster will be brought to bay is a matter of extreme doubt, since he has left no clues not worked over by the officers investigating the previous cases. The most annoying feature of the case is that the arrest of a number of innocent persons on suspicion will have to be repeated. The opinion of Archibald Forbes and Mr. Winslow that the assassin is a homicidal maniac is confirmed by the latest murder, and the prediction has become general that another murder will soon follow. The brutality of the mutilation to which the last body was subjected surpassed all the others. In the room to which the corpse was taken chunks of flesh and portions of the viscera were strewn upon the floor, and the dissecting table, and the stomach of one surgeon gave way at the spectacle.