Hutchinson’s Description Of The Suspect

Posted: February 25, 2010 in Other Ripper Research
London, 14 November.
(Translated from French)

The police came for the first time, to receive a detailed record of the likely perpetrator of the Whitechapel crimes. It was a groom who knew Kelly who saw her return home at two hours of the morning with this individual. He is a man five feet, seven inches high, thirty-four or thirty-five years old, with an olive complexion and a black mustache curled up at the two ends. He had a soft felt hat, wore a long double coat of Astrakhan, a white collar with black tie and a horseshoe shaped pin, black leggings and button up boots and in his left waistcoat pocket a massive gold chain with a stamp in red stone. The eyes were black, very thick eyebrows, and his chin was clean-shaven. It has attached great importance to this deposition, which provides the first serious evidence on this mysterious and formidable character. Police follow hard on this track. The impression produced in England by the Whitechapel murders is determined by one of those moral epidemics which appear to become the epilogue required of any crime drama. Many people are taken in good faith as Jack the Ripper, the person whose nickname is signed on letters who is either the real author of the attacks, or a hoaxer obsessed with the police in the capital. This monomania is especially devastating among drunkards. All trades will go. Sometimes it is an accountant who has spent the nightfall in a state of complete inebriation, importuning the policemen for their offer to share with him, delivering him to justice, the reward promised by the city authorities of the informer or murderer, which ultimately earned him fifteen days in prison with forced labor. Sometimes it is a concierge, dressed in woman’s clothes, causing a mob by beating his breasts and confessing his crime in a hoarse voice, which earned him, for the same period, a free house in a public building. Then comes a fitter who, after copious libations, thinks of snaring a peaceful citizen and the train station claiming the premium, or he has taken, under guard, the road he was destined to take his victim. This spirit of imitation is not confined to words, he proceeds to move. Then there was disarming a peasant, who brandished a knife, threatening to renew its previous operator. And the list goes on.

Source: Gazette De Lausanne, November 16, 1888, Page 2

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