5 October 1888
London, Oct. 5.
An inquest was held over the body of the Whitechapel fiend's last victim, the body which was found last Sunday morning in Mitre square. The evidence taken shows that the murderer met the woman some distance from the square and walked with her along the main street that led to the square. It was probably this fact that caused the murderer to mutilate the face of this victim, as he feared that they had been noticed in company together, and the woman's identification would lead to his capture. The faces of the other Whitechapel victims were untouched, while this one's was hacked beyond recognition.
Various measures have been adopted by the people of the East End for their protection, as little confidence is felt in the police. Last night fifty workingmen, all armed and ready to attack even a bloodthirsty, insane man, patrolled the vicinity frequented by the murderer. The papers print columns of letters on the subject every day and suggestions re numerous. The latest is that prayers shall be said as a means of gaining relief from the epidemic of murder.
London, Oct. 5.
A sensation was caused by the publication in a special edition of a prominent morning paper of the details of another horrible murder supposed to have been committed by the Whitechapel fiend. A watchman who followed a man and a woman behind a board fence in front of some new buildings was said to have been murdered by the man, the latter being at once arrested. Inquiry at Scotland yard elicited the information, however, that the story was entirely untrue and that the paper had probably been hoaxed.