The Times (London).
Thursday, 20 July 1909
At Bristol yesterday Harold Hall, labourer, gave himself up to the police confessing to having murdered Kate Ronan in a room at the top of a house in Commercial-street, Whitechapel, on July 1. He stated that he caught the woman rifling his pockets and strangled her with his hands and stabbed her in the neck. He was brought up at the Police Court and remanded. In the course of a circumstantial story to the police the man said he arrived at Bristol on the 14th inst., and stayed at Stapleton workhouse until Friday, being on Friday night at the Salvation Army, Tower-street. He had arrived in Liverpool on October 22nd, 1908, from Spain, in the steamship Thelma, by working his passage over. Then he took the weekly boat to London as a stowaway, and entered Greenwich Hospital under the name of William Johnson.