17 March 1892
Jack the Ripper Is Found At Last
MORE VICTIMS ARE DISCOVERED
Liverpool, March 16.
The police have been pursuing the inquiry into the disappearance of a woman and her children who formerly lived at Rain Hill, a part of Liverpool. The inquiry was started in connection with the arrest at Melbourne, Australia, of a man named Williams charged with murdering the woman. This morning the hearthstone where they formerly lived was raised and the bodies of the woman and three children partly consumed by quick lime were unearthed.
A plausible theory sprung from the discoveries after further investigation, and the belief grows stronger that Williams is none other than the world known Jack the Ripper.
Williams while a resident in Liverpool made frequent visits to London. The police traced his movements between the two places, and it has been found that his visits to London correspond with the times the unfortunate women in the Whitechapel district were found with throats cut and bodies mutilated in the shocking manner characterized by the crimes of the Ripper. He recalled the description given the police of the appearance of a man seen in the company of several unfortunate women whose bodies were subsequently found lying in pools of blood in the streets of Whitechapel. The description tallies exactly with the appearance of Williams as given by people in Liverpool well acquainted with him.
The question as to who Williams really is and how he lives remains a mystery. When he first came to Raineville (sic) he was a hail fellow well met with the inhabitants but he never gave them any injling of his personal history. After he had rented a villa an unknown woman, with children arrived. Nobody saw them arrive or depart. About the same time another woman, whom he said was his sister, visited him at the hotel. She was seen twice, then also vanished. After being absent from the hotel all day, he used to frequently return covered with dirt, explaining his untidy appearance by saying he had been putting new floors in the house.
After living at the villa a few days, he returned to the hotel, saying he could not stop there; that his sister and children had gone away and his plans were unsettled. Search for the victims will be continued in other rooms to-morrow. The brutality of the murderer suggests the ferocity of Jack the Ripper.
Williams was concerned in an attempt to obtain heavy damages for the injury of a worthless picture in transit from London to Sthelena (sic). He also unsuccessfully tried to obtain an introduction into good society.