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The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate
Limerick, Ireland
Saturday, 10th November 1888


LONDON, FRIDAY - The dead body of another woman, with the head almost severed from the body has been found in an untenanted house or shed in Dorset-court, Dorset street, Spitalfield. It must have lain there some hours and was quite cold. An alarm was raised, and the inspector of police and some constables were immediately on the spot. The greatest excitement was soon raised in the locality and crowds flocked to the spot. A later account says:- The victim was a woman of the unfortunate class, about 21 years old, and the neighbours state that she was of genteel appearance. They do not, however, know her name or anything about her except that she formerly lived with a man from whom she was recently separated. The police have found the man, and he has identified the body, which it is rumoured, is terribly mutilated. Bloodhounds are being used to track the murderer. The crime was first discovered by a young man named M'Carthy who went to the house where the deceased lived to collect rent, and on opening the front door he saw the body in the passage. He immediately gave an alarm, and the police took possession of the house. In a later dispatch - Dr Bond of Westminster Hospital, the divisional surgeon, and Dr Gabe of Mecklenburgh Square, saw the body this afternoon. The latter says that although he has been a great deal in dissecting rooms in his life he never saw such a sight as the murdered woman presented.

The house in which the murder was committed is entered by two doors, situated on the right hand side of the passage, and has several rooms. The first door up the court from the street leads to the upper room, but the second door only opens into one room, which is situated on the ground floor. It was in this room that the murder was committed. The fireplace faces the door, and the bed stands behind the door when it is placed open. A terrible sight presented itself to the police officers. The body of the woman, perfectly naked, was stretched out on the little bedstead, the clothing of which was saturated with blood. The unfortunate woman had been cut and mangled by the assassin's knife in a manner which was revolting beyond all description. Not alone was the fiend not content with taking the life of the victim by severing the head from the body, but he had exercised an intentional ingenuity in despoiling the human semblance of the corpse. Both ears and nose had been cut off, and the flesh of the cheeks and forehead peeled off. The breasts were cut off, evidently with a sharp knife, and placed on the table near the bed. The abdomen had been ripped up and disembowelled, portions of the entrails lying about the bed, the liver being placed between the legs. Both thighs had been denuded of flesh, lying bare to the bones, and the excised portions laid on the table. As in the case of the previous crimes, the womb had been taken away, while in addition one arm was almost severed from the trunk, and one hand thrust inside the empty cavity of the abdomen. Medical assistance was immediately sent for, and a description of the discovery telegraphed to all the metropolitan police stations in the terse sentence - "The woman is simply cut to pieces."


The streets of Whitechapel were deserted last night, and excitement in the district was not nearly so great as on a previous occasion. The police have absolutely no clue to the murderer, but believe he resides within a short distance of the spot where the murder was committed.

One man is still under arrest on suspicion, but very little importance is attached at present to him.

Mrs Maxwell, wife of a lodging-house keeper, opposite the scene of the murder, made a statement declaring that she saw the deceased at half past eight yesterday morning. She asked her why she was up so early, and deceased replied she had the horrors, as she had been drinking. Mrs Maxwell went away, but saw deceased again at half past nine talking to a man, outside a public house. The mutilated body was discovered at ten o'clock.

LATER - The woman murdered in Whitechapel yesterday, was born in Limerick, and was named Marie Jeanette Kelly. Her parents removed to Wales, and she there married a collier named Davies, who was killed in an explosion. The woman's parents still live in Wales. A post mortem examination of the body was held to-day.

LATEST- The following has been issued by the Authorities:-


"WHEREAS on November 8th or 9th in Miller Court street, Spitalfields, Mary Jane Kelly was murdered by some person or persons unknown, the Secretary of State will advise the granting of Her Majesty's gracious pardon to any accomplice not being the person who contrived or actually committed the murder, who shall give such evidence as shall lead to the discovery and conviction of the person or persons who committed the murder."



Mr Mathews, replying to Mr Jones, said the attention of Sir C Warren had been called to the violation of an official rule by publishing an article in a magazine on the management of the London police.

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