12 January 1889
The Panama Star and Herald asks this startling question while recording a telegram from Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A., which runs: 'Seven or eight years ago George Hutchinson, an inmate of the Elgin lunatic asylum, was very handy with his knife. He delighted to visit the hospital slaughterhouse, and made many peculiar toys from bones. After escaping from Elgin he was captured at Kankakee. He escaped from that place, and murdered a disreputable woman in Chicago, mutilating her body in a way similar to the Whitechapel cases. He was returned to Kankakee, but afterwards escaped, and has been at large for three or four years.