8 August 1888
About ten minutes to five o'clock, yesterday morning, as John Reeves, who lives in George yard buildings, Whitechapel, was coming downstairs to go to work, he discovered the body of a woman lying in a pool of blood on the first floor landing. He called in Constable Barret, 26H, and Dr. Keeling, of Brick lane, promptly arrived, and pronounced life extinct, giving as his opinion that the woman had been brutally murdered, there being knife wounds on her breast, stomach, and abdomen. The body, which was that of a woman apparently between 35 and 40 years of age, about 5ft 3in in height, complexion and hair dark, wore a dark green skirt, a brown petticoat, a long black jacket, and a black bonnet. The woman is unknown to any of the occupants of the tenements, and no disturbance of any kind was heard during the night. The circumstances of the death are therefore mysterious. The body was removed to Whitechapel mortuary, and Inspector Elliston, of the Commercial street Police Station, has placed the case in the hands of Inspector Reid, of the Criminal Investigation Department.
Prince Albert Victor, who was to have visited the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's Show at Huddersfield yesterday, telegraphed expressing his regret that he was unable to come. His Royal Highness, who is stationed with his regiment, the 10th Hussars, at the York Cavalry Barracks, is suffering from a swollen foot, but he expects to resume his military duties in a day or two.