7 April 1903
CRIMINAL HAS TO BE DRAGGED TO THE GALLOWS
London, April 7.
George Chapman, the Southwark saloon keeper, recently convicted of the murder of his wife by poisoning and thought by some to be the mysterious "Jack the Ripper", who, in 1888, terrorized the Whitechapel district, was hanged today. The scene at the hanging was most painful. The murderer completely lost his nerve and had to be fairly dragged to the place of execution. The look on his face before the black cap was adjusted was one to chill the blood of the spectators.
Chapman was arrested in January. The technical charge against him was that of poisoning a young woman who lived with him as his wife. His two previous wives both died under suspicious circumstances and an autopsy on their bodies revealed the presence of poison. Chapman claimed he was an American citizen and it is known that he lived in New York in 1894. A Polish woman who identified him, however, claimed that he was a Pole by the name of Klosowski. At the preliminary hearing of his case he was also identified as one who lived in Warsaw and went under the name of Severino Brosowski.