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News from Whitechapel: Jack the Ripper in the Daily Telegraph
Alexander Chisholm, Christopher-Michael DiGrazia and Dave Yost
Foreword by Paul Begg
McFarland, 2002
ISBN: 0-7864-1385-9
248pp. illustrations, appendix, bibliography, index $35 softcover (7 x 10) 2002

Casebook Review:

“Early yesterday morning a horrible murder was discovered in Buck’s-row, a narrow passage running out of Thames-street, Whitechapel.”—The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, 1 September 1888.

This text is an annotated transcription of the articles that detailed the Jack the Ripper murders as they were reported by The Daily Telegraph, the world’s largest-selling daily newspaper in 1888. Providing explanations where needed, each chapter is devoted to one of the Ripper’s victims through transcripts of The Daily Telegraph coverage of her murder, its investigation and subsequent inquest. Interspersed with the transcripts are footnotes (the contents of these are drawn from Home Office and Metropolitan Police files, past and present Ripper books, other contemporary newspaper reports, and the authors’ research) that serve to correct what the newspapers got wrong, expand on certain points, or explain to the reader things that were common knowledge during this time period. Also included are rare illustrations including a previously unpublished photograph of victim Annie Chapman prior to her death.

Alexander Chisholm, an historian and the author of numerous articles on Jack the Ripper, lives in Scotland. Christopher-Michael DiGrazia, the editor of Ripper Notes, lives in Bradford, Massachusetts. Dave Yost has written several articles and essays for the Ripperologist and RipperNotes. He lives in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword      1
Preface      5

      Chapter 1—Mary Ann Nichols      7

September 1: “Mysterious Murder in Whitechapel”      8
September 3: First Session of Inquest      14
September 4: Second Session of Inquest      19
September 7: Burial of Mary Ann Nichols      23
September 18: Third Session of Inquest      24
September 24: Fourth and Final Session of Nichols Inquest      27
Mary Ann Nichol—Commentary      29

      Chapter 2—Annie Chapman      35

September 10: “The Whitechapel Murder—Latest of the Series”      37
September 11: First Session of Inquest      45
September 12: Bloodstains Discovered in Hanbury Street      51
September 13: Second Session of Inquest      52
September 14: Third Session of Inquest      59
September 15: Ted Stanley Speaks; Burial of Annie Chapman      66
September 20: Fourth Session of Inquest      67
September 27: Fifth and Final Session of Chapman Inquest      73
Annie Chapman—Commentary      78

      Chapter 3—Elizabeth Stride      87

October 1: “Two More Women Murdered in Whitechapel and Aldgate”
October 2: First Session of Inquest      95
October 3: Second Session of Inquest      100
October 4: Third Session of Inquest      107
October 5: Arrests and Searches      116
October 6: Fourth Session of Inquest      117
October 8: Letters from Jack the Ripper      126
October 19: A House to House Search      127
October 24: Fifth and Final Session of Stride Inquest      127
October 31: Upkeep Costs for Vigilance Committees      128
Elizabeth Stride—Commentary      129

      Chapter 4—Catherine Eddowes      140

October 1: “Two More Women Murdered in Whitechapel and Aldgate”      141
October 2: Further Investigation Into the Murders      153
October 3: More on Eddowes’ Immediate History      157
October 4: Eddowes Identified; The First Letter from Jack the Ripper      159
October 5: First Session of Inquest      166
October 8: Burial of Catherine Eddowes      174
October 12: Second and Final Session of Eddowes Inquest      175
October 16: Eddowes’ Husband Discovered      185
October 19: A Letter “from Hell”      185
Catherine Eddowes—Commentary      188

      Chapter 5—Mary Jane Kelly      194

November 10: “Another Case of Horrible Mutilation”      195
November 12: Kelly’s History; A Queen’s Pardon      205
November 13: The Kelly Inquest      210
November 15: George Hutchinson and Matthew Packer      221
November 20: Burial of Mary Kelly      223
Mary Jane Kelly—Commentary      224

Afterword      229
Appendix: Monetary Conversion Table      231
Sources and Bibliography      233
Index      235

Related pages:
  Alex Chisholm
       Dissertations: An Analysis of The Star´s Coverage of the Whitechap... 
       Dissertations: Reflections on the Ripperologist Interview 
       Dissertations: Statistical Shortfalls: Loanes 1887 Report in Review 
  Christopher-Michael DiGrazia
       Authors: A Talk with Donald Rumbelow 
       Dissertations: Another Look at the Lusk Kidney 
  Dave Yost
       Dissertations: American Connections to the Jack the Ripper Case 
       Dissertations: Did Kelly Have a Heart? 
       Dissertations: Elizabeth Stride: Her Killer and Time of Death 
       Dissertations: Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction? A Response to Des McKenna 
       Dissertations: Long -vs- Cadoche 
       Dissertations: Matthew Packer - Final Thoughts 
       Dissertations: The Identification of Liz Stride 
       Dissertations: The Witness: How Well Do We Know Him? 
       Dissertations: Windows and Witnesses