Jane Beadman: Ripper Victim?

Posted: October 17, 2009 in Other Ripper Research
On September 16, 1888, a young woman named Jane Beadman was found murdered and mutilated in Gateshead, County Durham. Beadman can be found in many lists of victims’ names. I will first place an article pertaining to this murder:


A young woman named Jane Beadman, 27 years of age, was the victim of a horrible murder at Birtley, near Gateshead, on Saturday night or Sunday morning. It appears that the deceased, who was in delicate health, had been at the Gateshead Dispensary on Saturday for medicine, and on returning home she went out to purchase some sweets with which to take her medicine. She called at several farms while she was out, and at half past seven at night left the house of an acquaintance named Mrs. Newall, evidently with the intention of returning home. She had not arrived at eleven o’clock, and her mother and stepfather went to look for her, without success, and concluded that she must have spent the night with some neighbour. Early in the morning a miner named John Fish, going to work, found the body of the deceased at the bottom of the railway embankment in a horribly mutilated condition. The county police were communicated with, and Superintendent Harrison and Sergeant Hutchinson, of Birtley, were soon on the spot. A closer inspection revealed the fact that the lower part of the deceased’s body had been cut open and the entrails torn out. She was also cut about the face. the body was conveyed home, and a doctor sent for, who expressed the opinion that the cuts had been made with a knife. The affair has caused quite a panic in the district, the resemblance to the Whitechapel tragedies encouraging the idea that the maniac who had been at work in London has travelled down to the North of England to pursue his fiendish vocation. No arrests have been made.

Later particulars say:- Further inquiries made at the scene of the murder do not diminish the shocking brutality of the crime. The unfortunate woman is stabbed in three places, once in the bowels and twice in the face. The wound in the stomach is very deep, the knife having knocked a piece off the vertebral column. The body was found only a few hundred yards from the Girls’ Home, by the side of the colliery railway. Beadman was last seen at 8 o’clock on Saturday night. She was then alone. The man Fish found her about half past seven yesterday morning. There were no marks of a struggle, and no trace of footsteps. The police are completely baffled, as the murderer has left not the slightest clue. During yesterday, thousands of persons visited the spot where the body was found.

Source: Daily News, September 24, 1888

Having conducted a bit of research on this particular case, I will now publish my findings:

* The Gateshead Dispensary

Gateshead Dispensary, c1920

Gateshead Dispensary was founded by the Rev John Collinson and William Henry Brockett (editor of the Gateshead Observer) to provide medical care for the sick poor. It was founded as a result of an outbreak of Asiatic cholera in 1831 which broke out in Bottle Bank. The dispensary opened in 1855 using Joseph Willis Swinburne’s offices.

* Mrs. Newall’s location in the 1881 Census:

1881 census – household transcription 
Person: NEWALL, Mary 
Address: (Fern Dene House), Saltwell Lane, Gateshead  
NEWALL, Robert S Head Married M 68 1813 Chemical Manufacturer
 Dundee Scotland

NEWALL, Mary Wife Married F 53 1828
 Dundee Scotland

NEWALL, Arthur Son Single M 30 1851 Wire Rope Maker
 Gateshead Durham  

NEWALL, Frederick S Son Single M 26 1855 Chemical Manufacturer
 Gateshead Durham  

NIND, Agnes Visitor Widow F 59 1822
 Cork Ballinatron  

 CRACKNELL, Walter Servant Single M 29 1852 General Servant (Dom)

 DARLING, Sarah Servant Single F 32 1849 General Servant (Dom)
 Tweedmouth Northumberland

 BAINBRIDGE, Jane Servant Single F 24 1857 General Servant (Dom)
 Stanhope Northumberland

 TREWICK, Mary E Servant Single F 19 1862 General Serv
 Long Benton Northumberland 

COOPER, Agnes Servant Single F 32 1849 General Serv
 Auchindoir Scotland

 Civil Parish: Gateshead Municipal Borough:
 Address: Fern Dene House), Saltwell Lane, Gateshead County: Durham

* Jane Beadman:

I found the record of Jane Beadman’s death at the FreeBMD website. Jane was 27 years of age when she died in Chester le street, County Durham in the last quarter of 1888.

Here is the 1881 Census information for Jane Beadman:

1881 census – household transcription 
Person: BEADMAN, Jane 
Address: North Side, Birtley  
SAVAGE, Joseph Head Married M 45 1836 Coal Miner
 Chesterfield Derbyshire

SAVAGE, Isabella Wife Married F 52 1829
 Walker Northumberland 

BEADMAN, Jane Daughter Single F 20 1861
 Walker Northumberland 

SAVAGE, William Son Single M 16 1865 Coal Miner
 Walker Northumberland


Civil Parish: Birtley Municipal Borough:
Address: North Side, Birtley County: Durham 


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