|Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide
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August Nochild, a 52 year old tailor of Christian Street, Whitechapel, was charged before Guildhall Magistrates with assaulting prostitute Sarah McFarly, by attempting to strangle her in Holborn Circus. McFarly, who stated she lived with a friend in Upper Rathbone Place, told the court that she had met the man in New Oxford Street, at about half past twelve, on the morning of 2 October 1888. The man asked her to go to his home in Whitechapel. When she refused his request, he seized her by the throat and said, 'I will murder you if you don't. I have murdered the women in Whitechapel, and I would like to do another'. Police Sergeant Perry 77, deposed that he was on duty in the area at the time, and observed Nochild speaking to the woman. He then saw the man suddenly, and without warning, seize the woman by the throat. Her cries of, 'Police' and 'Murder', ensured that he took Nochild swiftly into custody. The Sergeant, in his report, noticed both parties appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Mr Alderman Stone did not think there was any foundation for the charge, and dismissed the case.
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