18 February 1889
MURDERS IN AMERICA.-The New York Sun of the 6th inst. publishes the following special dispatch from Managua, Nicaragua, dated January 24:-"Either 'Jack the Ripper' of Whitechapel has emigrated from the scene of his ghastly murders or he has found one or more imitators in this part of Central America. The people have been greatly aroused by six of the most atrocious murders ever committed within the limits of this city. The murderer or murderers have vanished as quickly as 'Jack the Ripper,' and no traces have been left for identification. All of the victims were women, and of the character of those who met their fate at the hands of the London murderer. Like those women of Whitechapel, they were women who had sunk to the lowest degradations of their calling. They have been found murdered just as mysteriously, and the evidences point to almost identical methods. Two were found butchered out of all recognition. Even their faces were most horribly slashed, and in the cases of all the others their persons were frightfully disfigured. There is no doubt that a sharp instrument violently but dexterously used was the weapon that sent the poor creatures out of the world. Like 'Jack the Ripper's' victims, they have been found in out-of-the-way places, three of them in the suburbs of the town and the others in dark alleys and corners. Two of the victims were found with gaudy jewelry, and from this it is urged that the mysterious murderer has not committed the crimes for robbery. In the cases of the other four a few coins were found on the persons, representing no doubt the prospective consideration for the murderer or murderers. All of the victims were in the last stages of shabbiness and besottedness. In fact in almost every detail the crimes and the characteristics are identical with the Whitechapel horrors. All of the murders occurred in less than ten days, and as yet the perpetrator or perpetrators have not been apprehended. Every effort is being made to bring him or them to justice. The authorities have been stimulated in their efforts by the statement, which seems to be generally accepted, that 'Jack the Ripper' must have emigrated to Central America and selected this city for his temporary abode."