|Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide|
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McKenna was arrested on 14 September 1888 after acting suspiciously throughout the day, and according to press reports, had threatened to stab people. When searched, his pockets contained amongst other things an assortment of rags, handkerchiefs, women's purses, several metal and cardboard boxes, and that most underrated of vegetables a spring onion. Questioned by Inspector Abberline, McKenna said he peddled laces and other small articles for a living. He was able to provide the police with the alibi that he was sleeping at a lodging house at 15 Brick Lane at the time Annie Chapman was murdered. McKenna was described as 5ft 7"tall, slightly built with sandy coloured hair, beard and moustache, shabbily dressed, wearing a cloth skull cap, which apparently did nothing to improve his appearance.
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