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 Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide 
This text is from the E-book Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide by Christopher J. Morley (2005). Click here to return to the table of contents. The text is unedited, and any errors or omissions rest with the author. Our thanks go out to Christopher J. Morley for his permission to publish his E-book.

John Lagan

E.W. Bonham of the British Consul in Boulogne, wrote to the police with his suspicions about a man named John Lagan, who had asked the Consul for some assistance in enabling him to go to Cardiff, South Wales, with the intention of obtaining work in the coal mines. Bonham thought Lagan fitted a recent drawing of the Ripper which had appeared in the Daily Telegraph 6 October 1888. Lagan, who was described as an American, had no papers about his person or means of subsistence, and was detained as a vagrant and interviewed. He told police that when in America he was employed in an ironworks and when last in England lodged with John Richmond at 47 Castle Street Hamilton near Glasgow, Scotland, before that he lodged with Mrs Davis, 30 Dufferin, a village two miles from Merthyr, Glamorganshire. He was subsequently cleared of any involvement with the Whitechapel murders.

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