12 February 1895
A NOTORIOUS ASSASSIN SEIZED BY THE POLICE WHILE MUTILATING A WOMAN
A SPITALFIELDS TRAGEDY
GIVES THE NAME GRANT
A SHIP'S FIREMAN
THE POLICE CONFIDENT
London, Monday night.
The London police are of opinion that at last they have got safely under lock and key the long sought assassin known as Jack the Ripper, whose series of atrocious murders and mutilations, principally at Whitechapel, have extended over a period of years.
At an early hour this morning a quick succession of piercing screams were heard by constables on duty at Spitalfields, and several of them ran at once to the spot whence the sounds proceeded. The first constable to arrive was just in time to catch a dark stalwart looking man stooping over a young woman who was lying on the pavement and struggling for her life.
Armed with a long knife the man was cutting and hacking at the unfortunate woman in merciless fashion.
The assassin was smartly seized and disarmed, and on being taken to the police station he gave the name of Grant.
He described himself as a ship's fireman by occupation.
The woman, who was terribly wounded and is not likely to recover, is of the unfortunate class.
All the circumstances, save that the victim was permitted to make a noise and create the alarm which led to the assassin's arrest, so much resemble those which characterised the Whitechapel murders that the police believe Grant to be the perpetrator of the whole ghastly string of tragedies.
The man was brought before magistrates today and remanded.
A COMPLETE LIST
The last was supposed to have been heard of Jack the Ripper last year, when it was said that a man confined in an English lunatic asylum was the author of the horrible tragedies. The truth of that statement was never proved, and the general impression in the public mind was that the fiend was still at large. Police speculations always ran upon seafaring men, and it is to say the least a strange coincidence that the man just arrested should be a ship's fireman. Here is a list of the ten Ripper murders.
1. Christmas Week, 1887 - An unknown woman found murdered near Osborne and Wentworth streets, Whitechapel.
2. 7th April, 1888 - Martha Turner found stabbed in 39 places on a landing in model dwellings, known as George Yard Buildings, Commercial street, Spitalfields.
3. 31st August, 1888 - Mrs. Nicholls, murdered and mutilated in Buck's Row, Whitechapel.
4. 8th September - Annie Chapman, murdered and mutilated in Hanbury street, Whitechapel.
5. 30th September - Elizabeth Stride, found with throat cut in Berners street, Whitechapel.
6. 30th September - Mrs. Eddowes, murdered and mutilated in Mitre square, Aldgate.
7. November 9 - Mary Jane Kelly, murdered and mutilated in Dorset street, Spitalfields.
8. 17th July, 1889 - Alice Mackenzie, otherwise Bryant, murdered in Castle Alley, Whitechapel.
9. 10th September, 1889 - Woman, whose mutilated body was discovered in Backchurch lane.
10. 13th February, 1891 - Frances Cole, found murdered in railway arch, Chamber street, Whitechapel.