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Manitoba Daily Free Press
Winnipeg, Canada
22 July 1889

The First Man Arrested Informs a Magistrate That He Is the Ripper

London, July 20.
At 2 o'clock this morning a murderous attack was made on a woman on the Surrey side of the Thames, about two miles from Whitechapel and on the opposite side of the river. The man was armed with a knife. The police, attracted by the shrieks of the woman, arrived on the scene in time to capture the would-be assassin. They locked up both the woman and man. The woman may recover. The identity of the man is not established but hopes are entertained that he may be the Ripper.

London, July 20.
The name of the man arrested on suspicion of being the Whitechapel murder (sic) and who subsequently confessed that he is guilty, is William Brodie. He was arraigned before a police magistrate this morning. He stated to the magistrate that the confession made by him to the police was true. the prisoner was remanded for a week.

Editor's note: The attack on the "Surrey side of the Thames" was committed by John Royal, upon a woman named Nora Brown. See Related Pages below for more press coverage on the incident.

Related pages:
  John Royal
       Press Reports: Chicago Tribune - 20 July 1889 
       Press Reports: Chicago Tribune - 22 July 1889 
       Press Reports: Manitoba Daily Free Press - 22 July 1889 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 22 July 1889 
       Ripper Media: Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide - John Royall 
  William Brodie
       Message Boards: William Brodie 
       Press Reports: Decatur Daily Despatch - 21 July 1889 
       Press Reports: Evening Star - 20 July 1889 
       Press Reports: Islington Gazette - 14 August 1889 
       Press Reports: Kimberley Advertiser - 29 June 1889 
       Press Reports: Te Aroha News - 27 July 1889 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 12 September 1889 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 13 August 1889 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 20 July 1889 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 29 July 1889 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 7 August 1889 
       Press Reports: Woodford Times - 26 July 1889 

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