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Michael Keating

Witness at the inquest of the 'Pinchin Street Torso'.

A licensed shoeblack living at 1 Osborn Street, Brick Lane. Keating appeared on the second day of the inquest, 24th September 1889:

On the night of the 9th inst. between 11 and 12 o'clock, I went to sleep in the railway arch in Pinchin-street. I went there because I had not the price of my lodgings. When I went there I did not see any one, and neither did I see anything under the arch. I was not sober. I do not remember noticing anybody in particular, but there were some people about Pinchin-street when I went in. I soon fell asleep, and was not awoke during the night. The police woke me up, and when I came out of the arch I noticed the trunk of a body in the next arch. An inspector was in the act of covering it up with a sack in which I kept my blacking-box. I could not say if I was sober enough to have noticed the body if it had been there when I went in. I did not go into the railway arch in which it was found. I do not remember any one else coming into the arch in which I was, but when I woke I saw two more men coming out of the other side. I had never slept there before. I happened to be passing by, and, finding the arch open and thinking it was a quiet place, I went in to have a sleep.[1]

Keating was taken into custody along with Richard Hawke who had also been found under the railway arches in Pinchin Street after PC William Pennett had discovered the torso.

References

  1. Inquest report, The Times, 25th September 1889

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