The Pall Mall Gazette from London, Greater London, England on November 10, 1888 · 7
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The Pall Mall Gazette from London, Greater London, England · 7

London, Greater London, England
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Saturday, November 10, 1888
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November io, 18S8. PALL MALL GAZETTE THE SEVENTH MURDER IN WHITECHAPEL. A STORY OF UNPARALLELED ATROCITY. Although more complete details of, the revolting murder which was discovered in Spitalfields yesterday morning' are now obtainable, the story ts. practically the same that we told in our afternoon editions yesterday. Not one of the hideous facts which were then recorded can be taken back. This is now the seventh crime of the kind which has occurred in this immediate neighbourhood, and the character of the mutilations leaves very little doubt that the murderer in this instance is the same psrson' who has committed the previous ones, with which the public are fully acquainted. Scene of the Murder" How the Poor Live." The scene of this last crime is at No. 26, Dorset-street, Spitalfields, which is about two hundred yards distant from 35, Hanbury-street, where he urfunate woman, Marv Ann Nicholis, was so loully murdered. Although the victim, whose name is Mary Jane Kelly, resides at the aoove number the ei tran-e to the room she occupied is up a narrow court, m which; are some : half a do en, and which is known as Miller's-court ; it is entirely se parated e other portion of the house, and has an entrance leading into the urt. lhe ,00m is known by the title of No. 13. The house is rented by John ' M Carthy who keens a small general shop at No. 27, Dorset-street, and the whole of the rooms are let out to tenants of a very poor class As an instan .e of the poverty of the neighbourhood, it may be mentioned that nearly the whole of the I d ";es in this street are common lodging-houses, and the one opposite where this murder was enacted has accommodation for some 300 men, ana is fully occupied every night. How the Victim Lived. About twelve months a:To Kelly, who was about twenty-four years of age and who was considered a good-lookimz young woman, of fair and fresh-coloured complexion, came to Mr. M'Carthy with a man named Joseph Kelly w o she stated was her husband, and who was a porter employed at he Spitalfields market. They rented' a room on the ground floor, the same in which the " poor woman was murdered, at a rental ot 4.?. a week. It had been noticed that the deceased woman was somewhat addicted to drink, but Mr. M'Caitbv denied having any knowledge tjiat she nad been ie.iding a loose or immoral life. That this was so however there can be no doubt: for about a fortnight ago she had a quarrel with Kelly, and, alter blows had been exchanged, the man left the house, or ratner room, and did not return. It has since been ascertained that he went to live at Bullers common lorftinp-hmise in Bishopsgate-street. Since then the woman has supported herself as best she could, and the police have ascertained that she .has been walking the streets. When Last Seen." Sweet Violets " in the Court. Kelly had a little bov, aged about six or seven years, living with her, and latterly she had been in' narrow straits, so much so that she is reported to have stated to a companion that she would make away with nerself, as she could not bear to see her boy starving There are conflicting statements as to when the woman was last seen alive, but that upon which most reliance appears to be placed is that ofayoung woman, an associate of thedeceased, whostatesthatat aboutnall-past ten o'clock on Thursday night she met the murdei ed woman at the comer of Dorset-street, who said to her that she had no money and, if she could not get any, would never go out any more but would do away with herself, boon atter-wards they parted, and a man, who is described as respectably dressed, came up and spoke to the murderedwoman Kelly and ottered her money. The man then accompanied the woman home to her lodgings, which are on the second floor, and the little boy was removed from the room and taken to a neighoour s house. At any rate, none of those living in the court or at 26, Dorset-street saw anything of the unfortunate creature after.about eight o'clock on Thursday evening, but a person living in the court opposite, heard her singing, it is said, the song " Sweet violets," but this person is unable to say whether any one else was with her at that time. Nothing more was seen or heard of her until her dead body was found. The Discovery of the Crime. At a quarter to eleven yesterday morning, as the woman was 30J. in arrears with her rent, Mr. M'Carthy said to a man employed by him in his shop, John Bowver, " Go to No. 13 (meaning the room occupied by Kelly) and try and get some rent." Bowyer went, and on knocking at the door was unable to obtain an answer On looking through the keyhole he found the key was missing, fee left-hand side cf the room faced the court, and in it were two large windows. Bowyer, knowing that when the man Kelly and the dead woman had their quarrel a pane of glass in one of the windows was broken, went round to the side m question. He put his hand through the aperture and pulled aside the muslin curtain which covered it. On his'looking into the room a shocking sight presented itself. He could see the woman lying on the bed, entirely naked, covered with blood and apparently dead. Without waiting to make a closer examination he ran to his employer and told him he believed the woman Kelly had been murdered. M'Carthy at once went and looked through the broken window, and, satisfying himself that something was wrong, despatched Bowyer to the Commercial-street police-station at the same time enjoining him not to tell any of the neighbours what he had discovered. Inspector Back, H Division, who was in charge of the station at the t me accompanied Bowyer back, and on finding that a murder had been committed at once sent for assistance. Dr. Phillips, the divisional surgeon of hc and Superintendent Arnold were also sent for. On the arrival of the latter ne : caused a telegram to be sent direct to Sir Charles Warren informing him what had happened, and Inspector Abberline, who had already arrived, despatched a message to Sir Charles Warren to bring-the bloodhounds. A Sickening and Unparalleled Scene. Mr. Arnold, having satisfied himself that the woman was dea d, , rred "e of the windows to be removed. A horrible and sickening sight tn presented itself. The woman lay on her back on the bed, entirely naked. Her hioat was cut from ear to ear, right down to-lhe spinal column. JfTl been cut clean off. The breasts had also been cleanly cut off and placed on a table which was by the side of the bed. The stomach and lab omen had been ripped open, while the face was slashed about so that e fcatws of the poor creature were beyond all recognition. The kidneys and hea t had also been removed from the body, and placed on the table by the sideof the biea.ts. ine Bord-S FW. ,s cent, discount for cash, or K'&'SoZZ . on !he three years system, illustrated Lists free ot CliAb. bilLlVsanu w., , Hw-bokn, London, W.C. Pianos exchaneerl. liver had likewise been removed, and laid on the right thigh. No portion of the body, however, had been taken away by the murderer. The thighs had been cut. A more horrible or sickening sight could not be imagined. The clothes of the woman were lying by the side of the bed, as though they had been taken off and laid down in the ordinary manner. While this examination was being made a photographer, who, in the meantime, had been sent for, arrived and took photographs of the body, the organs, the room, and its contents. Superintendent Arnold then had the door of the room forced. It was a very poorly furnished apartment, about 12 ft. square, there being only an old bedstead, two old tables, and a chair in it. The bedclothes had been turned down, and this was probably done by the murderer after he had cut his victim's throat. There was no appearance of a struggle having taken place, and, although a careful search of the room was made, no knife or instrument of any kind was found. Caps were Doffed and Tears were Shed. After a careful examination of the remains by several doctors, the body was placed in a shell, which was put into a cart and conveyed to the mortuary. It was at ten minutes to four o'clock that a one-horse carrier's cart, with the ordinary tarpaulin cover, was driven into Dorset-street, and halted opposite Miller's-court. From the cart was taken a long shell or coffin, dirty and scratched with constant use. This was taken into the death chamber, and there the remains were temporarily coffined. The news that the body was about to be removed caused a great rush of people from the courts running out of Dorset-street, and there was a determined effort to break the police cordon at the Commercial-street end. The crowd, which pressed round the van, was of the humblest class, but the demeanour of the poor people was all that could be desired. Ragged caps were doffed and slatternly-looking women shed tears as the shell, covered with a ragged-looking cloth, was placed in the van. The remains were taken to the Shoieditch mortuary, where they will . remain until they have been viewed by the coroner's jury. Dr. M'Donald, coroner, in whose district the murder has happened, has fixed Monday morning for the opening of the inquest at the Shoreditch Town-hall. Where were the Bloodhounds? From inquiries made among the persons livingin the houses adjoining the' court, and also those, residing in rooms in No, 26, it appears clear that no noise . of any kind was heard. Up to the present time the occurrence is enveloped in as much mystery as were the previous murders. The man Kelly was quickly found, and his statement ascertained to be correct. , After the examination the windows were boarded up, and the door padlocked by direction of the police. It was reported that bloodhounds would be laid on to endeavour to trace the murderer, but for some reason this project was not carried out, and, of course, after the streets became thronged with people that would have had no practical result. The street being principally composed of common lodging-houses, persons are walking along it during all hours of the night, so that little notice is taken of any ordinarily attired man. The- murderer, therefore, had a good chance of getting away unobserved. The Cool Daring of the Murderer. A correspondent who last night saw the room in which the murder was committed says it was a tenement by itself, having formerly been the back parlour of No. 26, Dorset-street. A partition had been erected, cutting it off from the house, and the entrance door opened into Miller's-court. The two windows also faced the court, and, as the body could be seen from the court yestetdav morning, it is evident that, unless the murderer perpetrated his crime with the light turned out, any person passing by could have witnessed the deed. The lock of the door was a spring one, and the murderer apparently took the key away with him when he left, as it cannot be found. The' more the facts are investigated, the more apparent becomes the cool daring of the murderer. There are six houses in the court besides the tenement occupied by the deceased. The Man with whom Deceased had lived. A young woman named Harvey, who had slept with deceased on several recent occasions, has made a statement to the effect that she had been on good terms with the deceased, whose education was much superior to that of most persons in her position of life. Harvey, however, took a room in New-court, off the same street, but remained friendly with the unfortunate woman, who visited her in New-ceurt on Thursday night. After drinking together, they parted at half-pan seven o'clock, Kelly going off in the direction of Leman-street, which she was in the habit of frequenting. She was perfectly sober at the time. Joseph Barnett (called in other reports Kelly), an Irishman, at present residing in a common lodging-house in New-street, Bishopsgate, informed a reporter last evening that 'he had occupied his present lodgings since Tuesday week. Previously to that he had lived in Miller's-court, Dorset-street, for eight or nine months with the murdered woman Mary Jane Kelly. They were very comfortable together until another woman came to sleep m their room, to which he strongly objected. Finally, after the woman had been there two or three nihts he quarrelled with the woman whom he called his wife and left her. The next day," however, he returned and gave Kelly money. He called several other days and gave her money when he had it. On Thursday night he visited her between half-past seven and eight and told her he was sorry he had no money to give her. He saw nothing more of her. Coincidences as to Dates. A somewhat important fact has been pointed out, which puts a fresh complexion on the theory of the murders. It appears that the cattle boats bringing life fi eight to London are in the habit of coming into the Thames on Thursdays or Fridays, and leave again for the Continent on Sundays or Mondays. It has already been a matter of comment that the recent revolting crimes have been committed at the week's ..nd, and an opinion has been formed among some of the datectives that the murderer is a drover or butcher employed on one of these boatsof which there are many and that he periodically appears and disappears- with one of the steamers. This theory is held to be of much importance by those engaged in this investigation. There is also, it is to be noted, a striking similarity m he period of the month in which the crime has been committed, for while two ot the most atrocious of the other murders were commuted on the th oi the months of September and August, this was commenced or committed onthe 8ih-approximately the same period in the month. This would seem to indicate that the murderer was absent from the scene of these honois for fixed periods, and that his return was always about the same time. CADBURY-S. COCOA is a .fined .ion of 0. Z,

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