Other Ripper Snippets

Posted: January 28, 2010 in Other Ripper Research
A Revolting Russian Superstition.
A curiosity of unpleasant peasant superstition has been revealed at a trial in southern Russia, which ended in the conviction of four peasants for the murder of a girl 11 years old. The superstition recalls that about the thieves and the candles narrated in connection with the Whitechapel murders. These peasants, it seems, were believers in the superstition that candles made of human fat rendered the bearers invisible. To obtain these articles they first attempted to murder a boy in the forest and next tried to kill an old peasant; thirdly, a Russian clergyman, and being disturbed on all three occasions, at last succeeded in murdering Sukerin Cherkaschinn. With the fat from the child’s body they made candles, and with their help attempted to commit a robbery. The light of the candles betrayed them, which seems a singularly just happening, and on being arrested they confessed everything. The evidence in court showed the belief in the thieves’ candle superstition to be very wide-spread in Russia. – Cor. Philadelphia Press.
Source: Daily Light, Saturday March 23, 1889

English detectives under the bright hallucination that Jack the Ripper is a cattle man shadow every cattle man who lands in London.
Source: San Antonio Daily Light, Wednesday, January 29, 1890

The woman murdered in South Hampstead was not a victim of Jack the Ripper. The woman’s name was Hobbs and her husband, from whom she was separated, is suspected.
Source: San Antonio Daily Light, Monday, October 27, 1890

Young Woman Found Horribly Mutilated, Dies at Hospital – Panic in the District.
London, May 28. – A sensational murder case accompanied by mutilation has occurred in low lodging house in Dorset street, Whitechapel, close to the scene of the "Jack the Ripper" murders in 1888.
The victim, a woman named Annie Austin, 28 years old, was found mortally injured in a bedroom on Sunday morning and was removed to a hospital, where she died.
The murderer escaped, and the police were not notified of the crime until early yesterday. The murderer’s long start and the total lack of a description of him render his apprehension unlikely.
The wounds on the lower part of the victim’s body are too revolting for description. The woman was conscious when found, but died without making a statement. The police are apprehensive of further outrages and a panic has been created in the neighborhood.
Source: The Fort Wayne Evening Sentinel, Tuesday May 28, 1901, Page 5


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