Hutchinson Testified At The Inquest

Posted: February 7, 2010 in Other Ripper Research
Another strange discovery is the following article in which it is reported that George Hutchinson testified at the inquest of Mary Jane Kelly. It seems that, until now,  we have not been given very accurate details pertaining to this series of murders in Whitechapel. Now the time for truth prevails!
London’s Miscreant.
The Whitechapel Butcher Described to the Police.
And Followed Him and His Last Victim to Her Room
London, Nov. 14. – The hopes of the police of catching the Whitechapel murderer, which had almost entirely died out, were raised to the acme of buoyancy yesterday in consequence of the testimony at the Kelly inquest of George Hutchinson, a groom, who had known the victim for some years, and who saw her with a male companion shortly before 2 o’clock on the morning of the murder. Hutchinson testified that he saw a well-dressed man with a Jewish cast of countenance accost the woman on the street at the hour mentioned on Friday morning, and the circumstance of his acqaintance with her induced him to follow the pair as they walked together. He looked straight into the man’s face as he turned to accompany the woman, and followed them to Miller’s Court, out of mere curiosity. He had no thought of the previous murders, and certainly no suspicion that the man contemplated violence, since his conspicuous manifestations of affection for his companion as they walked along formed a large part of the incentive to keep them in sight. After the couple entered the house Hutchinson heard sounds of merriment in the girl’s room and remained at the entrance to the court for fully three-quarters of an hour. About 3 o’clock the sounds ceased and he walked into the court, but finding that the light in the room had been extinguished he went home. During the hour occupied in standing at the entrance to, or promenading the court, he did not see a policeman.
There is every reason to believe Hutchinson’s statement, and the police place great reliance upon his description of the man, believing that it will enable them to run him down.
Source: The Evening Gazette, Wednesday, November 14, 1888

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