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"JACK THE RIPPER" IN JAMAICA

The crews of the various Btetmers plying between New York and Kingston Jama'.oa (says a Home paper), are telling featfai stories of crimes oommltted m i Spanish Town, a village near Kingston, whioh to their minds indicate that " Jiiok the Ripper" hat gone from England to Jamaica. The first of a stales •f dlabolioal and mysterious murders took place, so the sailors say, on the 28 ih of November, 1888, m St Catherine's parish, m few miles distant from Spanish Town. The vlottm was a negresa of the lowest and most vicious olasn, whose name has never been discovered. She wts* found early m the morning lying by the roadalde her throat cut from ear to ear, her cheeks, nose, and forehead slashed m a manner that would indlo»te it to be the work of a skilful butoher. The body was mutilated exiotly as bad been done la the London oases. If anything further had bean needed to make the horror-stricken eroird attribute the crime to the Whiteohapel murderer it was found on a oaid pinned to tha unfortunate woman's body by the blade of a small penknife. The Mrd bore this inscription : — Jack th« Bippkr. Fourteen more, then I quit. On the morning of the 13th of December, m a field, lying by and partially oon cealed under an old shed, was found a seoond body. Id this oase the woman was a notorious creature of the lowest class, a nogress called " Mag." Her wounds were of the s»me nature as tboae Infl oied upon the, other. The field m whloh the corpse was discovered was scaroely a mile distant from tho scene of the first murder. The authorities made a hurried investigation, and burled the body as speedily as possible, giving no one an opportunity to examine it. No mention of the crimes was made m the newspapers at the time, tha officials endeavoring, by evety means In their power to hush the matter up, and have it talked about as little as possible. No trace was ever found of the murderer, and it was forgotten save by a few of the wretobed women who belong to that class among which the unfortunates moved. The third body was found on the Friday before New Year's Day. This time the newspapers were compelled to notice the 1 discovery. The sseno of this third murder I was about midway between the plaoes where the former discoveries had been made, and the sailors insist that the crime was In every way analogous to tha others. — " Western Morning News" (Plymouth). February 9th, 1889.

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"JACK THE RIPPER" IN JAMAICA Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2103, 8 April 1889

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