1 December 1910
Prisoner in California Talks of Whitechapel Crimes
Arrrested at Los Angeles on Charge of Attempting to Murder His Half-Sister.
Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 5.-Having admitted to the police, during lucid moments, that he fled from England several years ago in fear of being arrested as "Jack the Ripper," who committed the notorious Whitechapel murders, Jack Straw is being detained in the insane ward of the county hospital for examination.
Shaw was arrested through the efforts of the Legal Aid Society, the complaint being that he attempted to murder Edith Tyson, his half-sister. His life will be investigated. Local authorities will notify the London police of their suspicions.
Shaw has not admitted that he is the notorious "Jack the Ripper," but his constant references to the subject indicate that it is deeply impressed on his mind. He is fifty years old.