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Steubenville Herald Star (Ohio, U.S.A.)
10 October 1899

FLY BOBS FLOORED

Unable to Fathom New York's Murder Mystery

MUTILATED REMAINS OF A WOMAN

New York, Oct. 10.
The mystery surrounding the identity of the mutilated woman, portions of whose body were found on West Seventeenth street and in the North river on saturday, is still unsolved.

Several men and women have positively identified the dismembered portions, which are still at the morgue, but so far the identifications have been without results, and it is bleived that the persons making the identifications have been mistaken in the matter.

Dr. Albert T. Weston, coroner's physician, is firmly convinced that the case is a repetition of the Whitechapel murders in London. The body of the victim was mutilated in identically yhe same manner as were the unfortunates in the London crimes, certain organs being missing from the portions of the body, and this, with other minor features, leads Dr. weston to advance this opinion. The doctor said the lungs were normal, but that the victim had been afflicted with a touch of pleurisy.

So important is the case considered by the authorities that it has been transferred from Captain Price to Chief of Detectives McCluskey by order of Chief od Police Devery, and all the detectives in the city are under orders to watch closely for clues leading to the identification of the remains, and, if it is possible, the apprehension of the murderer or murderers.

A Mrs. Billings, janitress of a house on West Fifteeneth street, found early Friday morning in an ash barrel under the step of her house an object which she thought at the time was a piece fo meat, but has since believed it to have been a portion of a human leg, as it corresponded with the portion of the leg found Saturday morning on Seventeenth street. The piece of flesh was wrapped in a morning newspaper of Oct. 5, a piece of an Italian newspaper and a picec of manilla paper. The woman unwrapped the bundle, and, taking the apaper off, threw the flesh back into the barrel and saved the papers. The barrel was afterward carted to the dump at the foor of West Sixteenth street and the police are now examining the ash heaps endeavoring to find the piece of flesh.

Another clue is the discovery by the police of a golden hair ten inches long in the bundle found on West Seventeenth street.