Monday, 19 November 1888
On Saturday afternoon the police arrested at Euston Station a man who had just arrived from Birmingham, and who described himself as a doctor. Upon being questioned the suspect made certain statements as to his whereabouts at the times of the murders which the police are now investigating. The man was subsequently released.
The funeral of the murdered woman Kelly will take place to-day, when her remains will be buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Leytonstone. The hearse will leave the Shoreditch Mortuary at half-past 12.
At WORSHIP-STREET, shortly before Mr. Bushby left the bench at the close of the day's business, a Swede named NIKANER A. BENELIUS, 27 years of age, and described as a traveller, living in Great Eastern-street, Shoreditch, was placed in the dock charged with entering a dwelling-house in Buxton-street, Mile-end, for an unlawful purpose and with refusing to give any account of himself. The prisoner is a man of decidedly foreign appearance, with a moustache, but otherwise cannot be said to resemble any of the published descriptions of men suspected in connexion with the Whitechapel murders. Detective-sergeant Dew attended from Commercial-street Station, and stated that the prisoner had been arrested that morning under circumstances which made it desirable to have the fullest inquiries made as to him. Before the last murder - of Mary Kelly, in Miller's-court - the prisoner had been arrested by the police and detained in connexion with the Berner-street murder, but was eventually released. He had, however, remained about the neighbourhood, lodging in a German lodging-house, but having, the officer said, no apparent means of subsistence. The landlord said that the prisoner was 25s. in debt to him. Harriet Rowe, a married woman, living in Buxton-street, Mile-end, then deposed that at about 10:30 that morning she had left the street door open, and while sitting in the parlour the prisoner, a stranger to her, opened the door and walked in. She asked him what he wanted, but he only grinned in reply. She was greatly alarmed, being alone, and ran to the window. The prisoner then opened the parlour door and left. She followed him into the street until she saw a constable; but the prisoner first stopped the officer and spoke to him. Witness ran up and told the constable what the prisoner had done, and he was thereupon taken to the station. The police-constable, Imhoff, 211 H, said that the prisoner was asking him the way to Fenchurch-street when the witness Rowe ran up. After hearing her complaint he asked the prisoner what he wanted to go to Fenchurch-street for, and the prisoner said he expected some letters at the post-office. The prisoner was searched at the station, but nothing was found on him. In answer to the charge he said he only went into the house to ask his way to Fenchurch-street. Mr. Bushby said he should follow the usual course and remand the prisoner for inquiries. The prisoner was remanded till Friday. Two men, one of whom was stated to be the prisoner's landlord, subsequently called about him and said that he had been preaching in the streets at times and acting of late very strangely.