New York, USA
30 November 1888
DOCTOR TUMBLETY, FORMERLY OF ALBANY, ARRESTED.
Career of a Notorious Swindler Who Figured in This Locality a Score of Years Ago - An Eccentric Character Who Broke Women's Hearts.
Albany, Nov. 30.
Dr. Francis Tumblety has been arrested in London, charged with the Whitechapel murders, and the Journal tells about him in this interesting way: Tumblety is an odd character, if there ever was one. His original name was Mike Sullivan. He had a number of other names. He is an Irishman, as his name indicates, and must be fifty years old at the present time.
The period of his most eccentric and successful career was from 1856 (?) to 1866 (?) when he swindled scores of poor people and broke the hearts of unsuspecting girls in the United States and Canada. Sullivan got his name Tumblety from a doctor in Rochester in whose service he was and whom it is believed he murdered. He flitted from Rochester to Buffalo, to Montreal, to St. John's, and devious other places, finally winding up in Albany in September of 1863.
The following is a description of Doctor Tumblety: He stands five feet eleven inches, with jet black hair, brow broad, flat and low. The eyebrows are thick and heavy, partly concealing a pair of oafish, cunning gray eyes; the lips, so much of them as are seen, are of the thick, voluptuous order; the moustache is of the Imperial Baby Furniss character, long and fanciful, with a twisting swirl at the ends.