13 August 1889
The following was sent to us from London on 17th July:
One More Victim!
As a policeman was making his rounds at one o'clock this morning, he discovered in Castle Alley the still warm body of a woman called Alice Mackenzie who had been murdered.
Examination of the body and the wounds which it bore seem to prove that the perpetrator of the crime is the being to whom the public have given the nickname of Jack the Ripper (Jack El Desbarrigador).
The murdered woman found last night had her throat cut and her body mutilated; and, as in the cases of the other victims, she belonged to that such low class in the East End of those women who are vagrants, who loiter near the seamen's taverns and the cheap inns in search of a meal or a glass of gin.
Of course up until the present the police have discovered nothing which would serve to follow the trail of the culprit. However, there was found near the scene of the crime an old clay pipe; this is a clue which in many cases has served to uncover the perpetrators; but in a city of five million inhabitants and whose police are so unskilled as is that in London, it cannot be hoped, even a little, that the investigations being carried out by the individuals from the secret police will result in the capture of the culprit. Moreover, it is stated that the woman smoked and the pipe that was found could well be hers.
It is now eight months since the Whitechapel killer was the topic of conversation, but it is now feared that the mournful series of his crimes is continuing.
To tell the truth, the daring of this evildoer has no equal; ignoring the special measures taken by the police and the vigilance committees set up in this district; only a few paces, to state it bluntly, from those places that witnessed the crimes he has committed, he killed Alice Mackenzie last night; also today, after concluding his odious work, he disappears without leaving the slightest trace of his passing. As soon as the alarm was raised, some minutes after the crime was committed, all the neighbouring streets were surrounded by a police cordon; but all in vain - the villain had easily crossed the line stretched out by the police.
I have here a list of the Whitechapel murders from the month of December 1887 attributed solely to Jack the Ripper (Santiago El Desbarrigador) and which have thus gone unpunished:
1) Christmas 1887 - an unknown woman
2) 7 August 1888 - Martha Journer (sic)
3) 31 August 1888 - Mrs Nicholls
4) 7 September 1888 - Mrs Chapman
5) 30 September - Elisabeth Stride
6) 30 September - Mrs Eddowes
7) 9 November - Mary-Jane Kelly
8) 17 July 1889 - Alice Mackenzie
It should be noted that these crimes are repeated periodically in winter and summer; from Christmas of 1887 to August of 1888, the criminal is not seen; he is in custody for some trivial matter or is far from London; afterwards there starts the series which ends in November. From November 1888 to July 1889 the same absence of crimes is noted, but on the 17 April (sic) a new murder occurs to sow the seeds of terror in the miserable district, and is perhaps the start of a new series. It would not be difficult to look for and find all individuals who were seven or eight months in custody from 9 November last, and what they have done since they were released. If it were discovered that the same individual was confined between November 1887 and August 1888, and between November 1888 and July 1889, it would be a strong presumption against him and it would at least be a trail to follow. Finally there is the theory that the culprit is a sailor who, after each voyage, gives himself up to his abominable crimes.