|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.|
A 29 year old Austrian, out of work waiter, named Lewis Stemler, was suspected of being Jack the Ripper after he was accused of frightening a group of five and six year boys, by chasing them along First Avenue. When he was arrested he was found hiding in the hallway of a house in Seventeenth Street, New York. He had been chased there by the father of one of the boys he had frightened. Feelings in the area were already running high before Stemler frightened the children. A young boy, Charlie Murray, who lived on First Avenue, had recently been brutally murdered, the murdered boys mother had received a letter stating that as soon as the present excitement had died down he would kill another child.
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