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 Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide 
This text is from the E-book Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide by Christopher J. Morley (2005). Click here to return to the table of contents. The text is unedited, and any errors or omissions rest with the author. Our thanks go out to Christopher J. Morley for his permission to publish his E-book.

Douglas Cow

At 12.40p.m on the 21 November 1888, Mrs Fanny Drake, of 15 Clerkenwell Green, went to Rochester Row police station and made a complaint against a man she believed answered the description of the Whitechapel murderer. The man had caused her to become alarmed and frightened by grinning at her as they both walked over Westminster Bridge. Drake said, 'The man gave such a grin, as I should always remember'. At the police station, Fanny, told the police she was convinced she had found the Whitechapel murderer. The man, Douglas Cow, when interviewed produced a number of letters and business cards proving he was a respectable businessman, who was in the employ of India rubber merchants, Cow And Company, 70 Cheapside, and 8 Kempshoot Road, Streatham Common. He was described as 35 years of age, 5ft 7"tall, with fair hair, fair complexion and a slight moustache, and was said to be very respectable in appearance. Drake apologised to Mr Cow for having caused him any inconvenience, and he was released without charge.

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