Inspector Dew Retires

Posted: June 24, 2009 in Other Ripper Research



Chief Inspector Dew, of Scotland Yard, whose name has been before the public so prominently in connection with the Crippen trial and many other important criminal cases, has tendered his resignation, and will retire, after over twenty-eight years’ service in the Force.
Inspector Dew intended to retire some time ago, but as the Crippen case had been placed in his hands he stayed on at Scotland Yard to see its conclusion.
Inspector Dew first came into prominence at the time of the "Jack the Ripper" crimes. For his services in relation to those cases he was promoted to the rank of detective-sergeant. Since that time rapid progress has marked his career until he came to one of the foremost positions in the service. After some years as inspector at Bow-street, he was four years ago appointed chief inspector.
Chief-Inspector Dew has cleared up several difficult murder cases, and exposed many huge frauds. One of his triumphs was to secure the conviction of a clever swindler named Nicholson, who obtained thousands of pounds by a clever advertising method in the connection with the solving of easy puzzles.
When the Druce case was in progress in 1908 Mr. Dew arrested at Sisters-avenue, Lavender-hill, Miss Robinson, the Australian witness, on a charge of perjury. Inspector Dew arrested her on the collapse of the Druce prosecution, and secured her conviction on the perjury charge at the Old Bailey.
While he was at Hammersmith, Inspector Dew broke into a flat in Fulham-road and arrested "Harry the Valet," one of the most expert jewel thieves in the country, who stole the Duchess of Sutherland’s jewels worth £20,000 from the saloon carriage at the Gare du Nord.
In June of last year he obtained a long term of penal servitude for Conrad Harms, alias Henry Clifford, the clever swindler, who drew £1700 from Parrs Bank at Notting-hill after a forged note of credit had been sent there from one of the London branches of a well-known foreign bank. This Harms had cleverly forged in America and sent on in advance. When he came over his arrest was brought about in a curious way. With one of the £100 notes, the proceeds of the fraud, he purchased a watch in the Strand, and, later as the watch did not keep proper time, he took it back to the tradesman to have it adjusted. In the meantime the note had found its way to the Bank of England, and the enquiries which followed led to the watchmaker communicating with the police.

Source: Evening Post, Volume LXXX, Issue 157, 31 December 1910, Page 10


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