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[From Our London Correspondent.]

London, September 13. A woman’s trunk, headless and mutilated, was disco vered in the heart of what is knownas the “ murder region” of Whitechapel early on Tuesday morning. No clue to the identity of the deceased has, up to the time ot writing, been found out, but from certa’n indications the medical men are of opinion that she was a fallen woman of a rather better class than one usually meets in Whitechapel, and in all probability another victim to the insatiable bloodthirstiness of that mysterious entity “Jack the Ripper.” The circumstances of the find were (says the ‘ Daily News ’) as followsAt half-past five on Tuesday morning a policeman found the mutilated and slightly decomposed body of a woman in an archway in Pinchin street, which is within a stone’s throw of Berner street, where Elizabeth Stride was murdered a year ago. In the present instance only the trunk and arms v/ere found ; the head and both legs had been removed. There were other ghastly mutilations, but most of the marks showed a hand skilful in the use of the knife. The body was nude, though a piece of underclothing was found with it, and it had evidently been carried in its mutilated condition to the place where it was discovered. Death must have taken place two or three days ago. There is, at present, absolutely no clue to the identity. There is room for some difference of opinion as to whether this is to be classed among the Whitechapel murders. It presents as many points of difference from those crimes as of resemblance to them. To take the latter first, the locality must count for something. The remains were found in the very heart of the murder region. It is, moreover, probable that they had been cut up in a house hard by, for they were heavy to carry, and they could hardly have been borne a long distance without exciting suspicion. The more purposeless mutilations bore some general resemblance to those which had been inflicted on the victims of the Whitechapel crimes, but the manner in which the head and limbs had been removed is said to give evidence of no small surgical skill. The man who left the trunk in its place had done his work with the rapidity of that mysterious entity known as the Whitechapel murderer. The police passed the spot between five o’clock and twenty minutes to six. At the earlier hour there was no trace of the body. On the other hand, there is a possibility that this murder—for murder it seems to be—belongs to an order of horrors different from those peculiar to Whitechapel. For just now, unfortunately, we have a rich variety of undiscovered crimes. There is the Whitechapel series; but that is only one. There is also the series of Battersea, Bainham, and Whitehall, in which the marked peculiarity is the removal of the head or limbs trom the trunk as though for purposes of concealment. In the Whitechapel cases there is no attempt at concealment whatever. The victims are lured to the spot which is to be the scene of their death, and there butchered and lett to await almost certain identification. In the other, they are murdered in some place unknown, and distributed piecemeal about the metropolis. For all that, we incline to the belief that Whitechapel was the scene of the crime as well as of the discovery ; and this for the reason already given. A man carrying so huge a burden, no matter how he carried it, at that early hour would have been challenged at almost every street corner by the police. We have therefore, in all probability, another Whitechapel murder properly so called, but a murder committed in a way which shows that the murderer had lost something of his old confidence. He can no longer venture to butcher in the streets, and he has taken a slaughter-house,

There is one chance of detection, and that a good one., In all probability the murderer will never leave off till death or capture puts an end to his exploits. He is a wolf that must have his prey ; and where the prey is there may the hunters be. Ouly too Hctle is known of him, yet some things may be said with certainty. He slays from vanity, not from wrath or greed. He can have no quarrel with his victims; he can have nothing to gain by putting them to death. In his monomania, murder must be literally one of the fine arts. Now in work of this kind each successive stroke tempts to the repetition of it. The danger is tho incentive. When he has killed nine without detection, how exquisite to surpass himself by killing ten! The choice of tho locality—all the murders committed within a space that could be covered by a shilling on any ordinary map of Loudon points to this conclusion. To murder of the same kind, in the same place, time after time, in circumstances that make each murder more thrilling with the excitement of danger than the last, must be to this demented wretch the chief joy of life. He has tho vice of blood as others have the vice of rum ; and he will go back to it again and again while his life or his liberty lasts. This it must be which keeps him always in the same spot. There would be no fun in going elsewhere. Anyone might diminish the, risks of capture by changing the scene of the crime. To him the indispensable sensation must be found in the fact that with all Whitechapel hunting for him, ho has doubled on all Whitechapel once more, and has again plucked a hair from the sleeping lion in his very den. It is our conviction, therefore, that if life and health are left to him—and they seem sometimes most capriciously bestowed —he will continue to ‘ operate ’ in Whitechapel. His knowledge that this temptation was divined would only increase tho temptation. He will be impelled to go on surpassing himself, until his foolhardiness exceeds any possible measure of prudence, and he falls into the trappers’ hands.”

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ANOTHER WHITECHAPEL HORROR., Issue 8052, 31 October 1889

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ANOTHER WHITECHAPEL HORROR. Issue 8052, 31 October 1889

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