11 September 1889
Another Whitechapel Murder Startles London
London, Sept. 11.
At 5.30 o'clock yesterday morning a policeman found the body of a fallen woman lying at the corner of a railway arch on Cable street, Whitechapel. An examination of the remains showed that the head and arms had been cut off and carried away, and the stomach ripped open, the intestines lying on the ground.
A cordon of police instantly surrounded the spot, but no arrests have up to this hour, been made. Policemen pass the spot every fifteen minutes. Those on duty that night sat they saw nothing suspicious. The physicians who examined the body state that in their opinion the murder and mutilation occupied nearly an hour.
It is surmised that the murderer carried off the head and arms in a bag. The murder is the worst of the whole series of Whitechapel murders. The manner in which the limbs had been severed from the body shows that the murderer was possessed of some surgical skill. The woman was about 30 years old. Her clothing was shabby and she was evidently a spirit drinker. The remains have not been identified. The most intense excitement again prevails in Whitechapel. Crowds surround the mortuary in which the body lies.
Later details concerning the finding of the body of the murdered woman in Whitechapel show that there was no blood on the ground where the body was found, neither was there any blood on the body. From this it is evident that the murder was committed in some other place, and that the body was subsequently deposited under the railway arch. The trunk was nude. A rent and bloody chemise was found lying near the body. The arms were intact, but the legs were missing. It is believed that the woman had been dead for two days. Three sailors who were sleeping under the arch next to the one under which the body was found were taken into custody by the police. They convinced the authorities, however, that they had heard or seen nothing of a suspicious nature and they were discharged. Although the murder is generally spoken of as the work of the mysterious Jack the Ripper, a close examination of all the facts leads to the conclusion that this murder is not one of the Ripper's. The police and the medical men familiar with the details of the recent London horrors of this class say that this last murder must be classified with those known as the Embankment murders, of which there have now been four in all, including the one in which the headless body of the victim was recently discovered in Chelsea, and of which the head has never been found.
Although there is a general resemblance between the horrible work of the two murderers, both taking special pains to mutilate their victims and to carry off portions of the bodies, each carries off a different portion. Besides this, there are other evidences of differences in the surgical work involved in all the mutilations, the embankment murderer being by far the more scientific of the two. For some time it was doubtful whether all these horrors were the work of one or two persons, but this last murder convinces the medical men that there are two entirely distinct murderers.
It is believed that in the present instance the body was purposely brought to the Whitechapel district to throw the police off the scent by inducing the belief that the body was that of another victim of Jack the Ripper. In this the perpetrator, however, went to trouble that is entirely superfluous, for the police are as much in the fog about the class of murders as the other.