18 July 1889
The Victim from the Same Degraded Class as Those of Recent Occurrence
London, July 17.
Another bloody deed has been committed within the precincts of Whitechapel. A woman whose body was found in Castle Abbey (sic), in the Whitechapel district, last night, was of middle age and of bad repute. Her throat had been cut to the spine. When the body was found it was lying on its back. The clothing had been thrown up, exposing the abdomen, which had been gashed in a horrible manner in several places, though the intestines were not exposed. No part of the body was missing.
Warm blood was flowing from the wounds when the body was discovered. A policeman who, with the watchman of an adjacent warehouse, must have been within a few yards of the spot where the murder took place when it was committed, heard no noise. Policemen have been placed at fixed points in Whitechapel since the murders of this character began there, and since the murder preceding that of last night, officers have been stationed within a hundred yards of the scene of the latest tragedy.
An old clay pipe smeared with blood was found alongside the body. It is supposed by the police that this may furnish a clue to the murderer, although it may have belonged to the victim. Several arrests of suspected persons have been made, but they were discharged from custody, there being no proof on which to hold them.
A letter was received by the police officials before last night's murder in Whitechapel, signed Jack the Ripper, in which the writer said that he was "about to resume his work."