Tuesday, 10 October 1888
A thousand dollars reward was yesterday offered for the Whitechapel murder in London. The fiend has added two more women to his victims, nor left a trace as to his identity. The peculiar mutilation of the bodies, the silence in which they are slain—no out-cry—the impenetrable mystery that envelopes the assassin—all tend to make a case almost entirely similar to the series of Austin woman murders three years ago, and which, like the Whitechapel butcheries, have never yet been explained.
The Fort Worth Gazette says: “When the mysterious murders occurred in Austin a few years ago people were greatly shocked, but it was ‘Texas, you know,’ and anything might be expected in that horribly wild place. Now they are duplicated in the most populous city in the world.” Not only that, but the murders in London are committed before midnight and on a much traveled thoroughfare, while in Austin they were perpetrated at a late hour and in sequestered corners. Mystery is a capricious mistress.