Saturday November 10th 1888
At half-past ten o'clock yesterday (Friday) morning the dead body of a woman, with her head almost severed from her body, was found in an untenanted outhouse or shed in Dorset-court, Dorset-street, Commercial-street, Spitalfields. It had evidently lain there for some hours; but several scavengers, who were in the court at nine o'clock yesterday morning declare that the body was not there then. They might, however, have been mistaken, as the place is very dark. An alarm was immediately raised, and an inspector of police and a number of constable were soon on the spot. It is remarkable the Dorset-court is exactly opposite the house in Dorset-street in which the unfortunate woman Annie Chapman used to lodge. The discovery created the greatest excitement in the neighbourhood, and crowds quickly gathered at the scene.