Friday, 30 September 2016

Date With History: 1888

Berner St. circa 1908
The Whitechapel Murders escalated 
as the killer, now known as 'Jack the Ripper' (he was christened in the 'Dear Boss' letter just three days before), attacked two more prostitutes on the same night.

The first victim of the 'Double Event' 
was Elizabeth Stride, murdered at 
about 1 am, on Sunday September 
30th, in Dutfield's Yard, on Berner 
(now Henriques) Street.

Less than an hour later, Catherine Eddowes became the fourth canonical victim of the Ripper. She was slain in Mitre Square, Aldgate, within the City
of London itself, at around 1.45 am.

Mitre Square reconstructed for CSI: Whitechapel (2012)
Then at about 3 am, PC Alfred
Long discovered two clues in the 
nearby Wentworth Dwellings 
on Goulston Street. A bloodied
portion of Eddowes' apron lay in
a stairwell, and above it, written
in chalk on the wall, was this
message: "the Juwes are the
men that will not be blamed for
nothing." The true import of this
 'graffito' is still unclear, and
Commissioner Charles Warren
ordered its removal.

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