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A OUfIIOUS THEORY. A writer In the ''PalJ Mall Budget" puts forward a plausible, bat strange and horrible theory respecting the commission of the Whiteohapel murders. From an inscription found on the wall of a room m whioh one of the crimes was committed, ho argues, and with some show of probability, that the murderer was a Frenchman This brings him to the oons'deration of a work, published m the Fronoh laaguago, on mogio, and which, among the rest, contains details of the steps ueoeasary for the* evocation of evil spirits. It need not purprue us to find that these d -tails include appalling orimes, of which murder and ma til at ion of the dead, says the writer, are the toast heinous. In particular it should be noted that pppeclal, and very definite men' ion ii made among the oharms named of that particular portion of the human body whioh had been out out of his vctlm and carried away, m every case, by the Wbiteohapel murderer. It was thin fact, the writer says, whioh arst attracted biu notioe, and suggested to him the theory be propounds The sacrifice of hutr&n victims was also neoes ■ary, and the profanation of tke cross, and other gaored emblems. The writer accordingly gives a figure showing how the plaoes m whioh cix of the murders were committed mark exactly the four extremities of a cross, aDd a seventh murdor he points out as most probably committed m one of the lines of this cross, the body l.eing afterwards removed to the Bpot m whioh it was found " Did the murderer then," he writes, "designing to offer the mystlo Dumber of seven human Eacufloes m the form of a oross— a form which he intended to profano — deliberately pick out beforehand on a map the places m which he would offer them to hiß infernal deity of murder ?" The theory is certainly, curious, and that m more points than one. We see, meantime, that supposing evocations of the devil to be possible, the instructions given for the purpose are exaotly those that might be expected to be carried into praotioe by wretcheß qualifying themselves for such intercourse. It was evidently not for nothing that the practice of sorcery w»s of old severoly condemned and made a serious crime.— /' The Tablet."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2060, 11 February 1889

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THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2060, 11 February 1889