3 September 1888
A Supposed Maniac at Large and Stabbing Women
London, Sept. 2.
A strangely horrible murder took place at Whitechapel yesterday morning. The victim was a woman who at three o'clock, was knocked down by some man unknown and attacked with a knife. She attempted to escape and ran a hundred yards, her cries for help being heard by several persons in adjacent houses. No attention was paid to her cries and when found at day break she was lying dead in another street, several hundred yards from the scene of the attack. Her head was nearly severed from her body, which was literally cut to pieces, one gash reaching from the pelvis to the breast bone. The strangest part of the affair is that this is the third murder of the kind which has been done lately. In the last one, two weeks ago, the victim was stabbed thirty nine times. In the case before it, some months ago, the victim was stabbed with a stick, which was forced through the body. All three victims have been of the lowest class, all three murders have taken place in the same district, at about the same hour, and have been characterized by the same inhuman and ghost-like brutality. The police have concluded that the same man did all three murders and that the most dangerous kind of a lunatic is at large.