11 November 1888
ABSURD PROCLAMATION OF LONDON'S CHIEF OF POLICE.
The Whitechapel Fiend in no Danger of Capture.
Incompetency of the Authorities to Deal with the Case.
Copyright 1888 by the Press Publishing Company, New York World.
Special cable Despatch to The World.
London, Nov. 10.
There is little new and nothing important to add to the details of the latest Whitechapel horror which were cabled by The World yesterday. The arrests made by the police late last night amount to naught. The mystery is as deep as ever. Gen. Sir Charles Warren confesses his utter hopelessness in the case tonight by publishing a promise of pardon to any accomplices who may consent to turn informer against the principal murderer. This is all the more absurd since every detail of the nine murders of the same type go to show that the assassin had no accomplice. His latest escapade, however, proves that he is a shrewd man, and not above changing his tactics. Knowing that the streets are closely watched, he lures his victims to their rooms. So long as he follows out this plan there is no limit to his opportunities for crime, and he will probably not be caught unless by some blunder of his own.
An important face has been pointed out today which starts a new and quite probable theory as to the murders. It appears that the cattle boats bringing live freight to London usually come into the Thames on Thursdays and Fridays and leave again for the Continent on Sundays or Mondays. It has already been a matter of comment that the revolting crimes have all been committed at the end of the week, and an opinion has been formed by some detectives that the murderer is a drover or butcher employed on one of these boats, of which there are many, and that he periodically appears and disappears with one of the steamers. This theory is held to be of much importance by those engaged in the investigation, who believe that the murderer does not reside either in Whitechapel or even in this country at all. It is thought that he may be either a person employed upon one of these boats, or one who is allowed to travel by them, and inquiries have since some time been directed towards the following up of this theory.
At the inquests of the previous victims the Coroner expressed his opinion that the knowledge of anatomy possessed by a butcher would have been sufficient to enable him to find and cut out the parts of the body which in all cases have been abstracted.
A similar theory is that the man is a Malay cook on one of the steamers running to the Mediterranean ports, but so far it is all theory.
There are no facts except that the woman has been murdered and that the murderer is still free.
The doctors who made the post mortem examination authorize the statement that this time no portion of the body has been taken away by the murderer. One of the physicians gives The World the following description of the condition in which the body was found. He says: "The woman lay on her back on the bed entirely naked. Her throat was cut from ear to ear, right down to the spinal column. The ears and nose had been cut clean off and the face slashed about so that the features were beyond all recognition. The breasts also had been entirely cut off and placed on the table by the side of the bed. The stomach and the abdomen had been ripped open. The kidneys and heart had been taken from the body and placed on the table by the side of the breasts. The liver was taken out and laid on the right thigh. The clothes, soaked in blood, were on the floor by the side of the bed. There was no appearance of any struggle. A more sickening sight could not be imagined."
Almost everybody in the neighborhood of the murder had some story to tell today. But that of Mrs. Maxwell, the wife of the lodging house keeper in Dorset street, opposite the court where Mary Kelly lived, seems to be the most reliable, and goes to show that the murder was committed after 9 a.m.
The non-appearance of the bloodhounds was today accounted for by the fact that during recent trials in Surrey the animals ran away and have not yet been recovered.
The excitement in the neighborhood is not so great as that immediately following the previous murders. The people are becoming accustomed to the horrors. Tonight as usual the streets are full of loose women plying their trade, unterrified by Mrs. Kelly's fate. No one was permitted to see the body today. It will be buried on Monday morning. After the inquest at midnight the detectives engaged in the case were holding conferences about their future line of action. But no one is under arrest.