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Trenton Times
New Jersey, USA
2 October 1888

London's Big Mystery

Growing Excitement Over the Whitechapel Murders


London, Oct. 2.
The excitement occasioned by the latest Whitechapel murders has increased rather than abated. The police have made no progress in their efforts to establish a clew to the murderer, and have further lost public confidence in their efficiency by the fact that the persons arrested on suspicion of connection with the tragedies were released for want of even a scintilla of evidence upon which to justify their retention in custody. They profess to be hopeful of success, however, and many people are inclined to hope with them in the absence of any suspicion in their own minds, even remotely defined, as to the criminal's motive, calling or identity. The private reward offered for his arrest, added to that of the lord mayor, brings the total sum up to 1,200 and it is likely that it will soon reach 2,000. The Stock Exchange is discussing the question of starting a fund to defray the expenses of the murderer's detection and reward his captors, and the project has the very best chances of successful issue. The fact that the latest murders were committed within the jurisdiction of the city police has created a sharp rivalry between that body and Gen. Warren's Metropolitan detectives. Many wagers have been laid upon the question of the murderer's capture, with the odds largely in favor of the city police solving the mystery and landing the fiend in jail.

It is now proposed to send a circular to every householder in the east end requesting details of the movements, habits etc. of their respective lodgers. The theory has largely obtained support that the murderer has two domiciles, one probably a shop or a surgery to which he retires for the purpose of removing the traces of his crime and the other a dwelling house where he is known as a lodger whose habits and manners make him a desirable tenant in the estimation of his landlady. The police are being urged to station bloodhounds in the Whitechapel district in the hope that they may be able by their keenness of scent to run the fiend down when he seeks a fresh victim. The inquest on the body of the woman murdered in Mitre square will take place on Thursday, when startling revelations are promised, not at all, it is said, to the credit of the police.

It is positively asserted that the medical testimony which will be given at the inquest on the body of the woman found murdered in Mitre square, to take place on Thursday, will prove the victim's uterus and one kidney were removed and have not been found.