Coschocton, Ohio, U.S.A.
23 November 1888
Has An Imitator Who Assaults a Woman Near The Scene of the recent Murders but Fails in His Designs
London, Nov. 22.
Great excitement was occasioned Wednesday when it was reported that another woman had been murdered and mutilated in Whitechapel. The police immediately formed a cordon around the vicinity in which the crime was said to have to been committed. where it was learned that another murder had been attempted upon a low women named Farmer by a man who had accompanied her to her lodging but that in this instance had been frustrated. According to the woman's story the man had seized her and struck her once in the throat with a knife. She struggled desperately and had succeeded in freeing herself from the man's grasp and had screamed for help. Her cries alarmed the man and he fled without attempting any further violence. The police are of the opinion that the attempted murder was not the work of the man who committed the atrocious murders in Whitechapel recently.
The principal reason given by the police for their belief that the attempted murder was not the work of the real Whitechapel fiend is the fact that both the would be murderer and his intended victim drank themselves into a state of gross inebriety - a condition that the perpetrator of the previous crimes was obviously free from - and then went to an ordinary lodging house at the door of which a government inspector is always in attendance. This circumstance, together with the fact that the time of attempting to kill the woman was as ill judged with reference to the escape of the murderer as the place, induces the belief that the man is a maudlin imitator of Jack the Ripper, who will be exceedingly unlikely to repeat his performance. Nevertheless, if he is caught in the vicinity of Whitechapel he will certainly be lynched. It is significant, however, that in spite of the declarations of their conviction that the assault upon the Farmer woman can not be connected with the chain of Whitechapel butcheries, the police are putting forth greater exertion than ever to accomplish the arrest of her assailant.