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Evening Star (Washington, D.C.)
29 December 1890

"Jack the Ripper" May Be a Jill
T. C. Crawford in New York Tribune

Another English visitor brings an item of interest from London. He says that the London police have not wholly given up hope of finding the mysterious assassin who is known to the world as "Jack the Ripper." He says the police are working entirely upon a new theory, upon a suggestion made to them by the French police. No one has ever thought that the criminal could be anything but a man. Some of the murders have been committed directly under the noses of the police and in a district so rigidly patrolled that every man coming in and going out was the object of careful scrutiny. The suspicion and detective work now are directed to the finding of a woman who is believed to have committed these most atrocious crimes. The London police have never suspected the possibility of a woman's having committed these crimes, and during the height of the panic in London no one ever thought of watching the movements of the women of the criminal class in the dustrict where the greater part of the murders were committed.