15 September 1888
STATEMENT BY THE PENSIONER
The police were yesterday in communication with the pensioner Edward Stanley, who is known to have been frequently in the company of the murdered woman, Annie Chapman. Last night Stanley, who is a man of forty seven years of age, attended at the Commercial street Police Station and made a statement. His explanation of his proceedings is regarded as perfectly satisfactory, and as affording no possible ground for associating him in any way with the murder. He has given the police a full account of his whereabouts since he last saw the deceased woman, which was on the Sunday preceding the murder. He states that he had known Chapman for about two years, and denies that she was of a quarrelsome disposition. So far as he is aware, there was no man with whom she was on bad terms or who would have any reason for seeking her life. Stanley will attend the inquest when the proceedings are resumed, though his evidence is not expected to throw much light on the tragedy.
On the question as to the time when the crime was committed, a correspondent of the Times yesterday elicited that Mr. Cadoche, who lives in the next house to No. 29, Hanbury street, where the murder was committed, went to the back of the premises at half past 5 a.m. As he passed the wooden partition he heard a woman say "No, no." On returning he heard a scuffle, and then some one fell heavily against the fence. He heard no cry for help, and so he went into his house.