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The news from Whitechapel : Jack the Ripper in the Daily Telegraph
Chisholm, Alexander, 1959-
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

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xi, 237 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
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Daily telegraph (London, England)
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"Early yesterday morning a horrible murder was discovered in Buck's-row, a narrow passage running out of Thames-street, Whitechapel."-- The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, 1 September 1888. This text is an annotated transcription of the articles that detailed the Jack the Ripper murders as they were reported by The Daily Telegraph, the world's largest-selling daily newspaper in 1888. Providing explanations where needed, each chapter is devoted to one of the Ripper's victims through transcripts of The Daily Telegraph coverage of her murder, its investigation and subsequent inquest. Interspersed with the transcripts are footnotes (the contents of these are drawn from Home Office and Metropolitan Police files, past and present Ripper books, other contemporary newspaper reports, and the authors' research) that serve to correct what the newspapers got wrong, expand on certain points, or explain to the reader things that were common knowledge during this time period. Also included are rare illustrations including a previously unpublished photograph of victim Annie Chapman prior to her death.

Author Notes

Alexander Chisholm, an historian and the author of numerous articles on Jack the Ripper, lives in Scotland. Christopher-Michael DiGrazia, the editor of Ripper Notes, lives in Bradford, Massachusetts. Dave Yost has written several articles and essays for the Ripperologist and RipperNotes. He lives in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Mary Ann NicholsAnnie ChapmanElizabeth StrideCatherine EddowesMary Jane Kelly
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 5
Chapter 1 Mary Ann Nicholsp. 7
September 1: "Mysterious Murder in Whitechapel"p. 8
September 3: First Session of Inquestp. 14
September 4: Second Session of Inquestp. 19
September 7: Burial of Mary Ann Nicholsp. 23
September 18: Third Session of Inquestp. 24
September 24: Fourth and Final Session of Nichols Inquestp. 27
Commentaryp. 29
Chapter 2 Annie Chapmanp. 35
September 10: "The Whitechapel Murders--Latest of the Series"p. 37
September 11: First Session of Inquestp. 45
September 12: Bloodstains Discovered in Hanbury Streetp. 51
September 13: Second Session of Inquestp. 52
September 14: Third Session of Inquestp. 59
September 15: Ted Stanley Speaks; Burial of Annie Chapmanp. 66
September 20: Fourth Session of Inquestp. 67
September 27: Fifth and Final Session of Chapman Inquestp. 73
Commentaryp. 78
Chapter 3 Elizabeth Stridep. 87
October 1: "Two More Women Murdered in Whitechapel and Aldgate"p. 88
October 2: First Session of Inquestp. 95
October 3: Second Session of Inquestp. 100
October 4: Third Session of Inquestp. 107
October 5: Arrests and Searchesp. 116
October 6: Fourth Session of Inquestp. 117
October 8: Letters from Jack the Ripperp. 126
October 19: A House to House Searchp. 127
October 24: Fifth and Final Session of Stride Inquestp. 127
October 31: Upkeep Costs for Vigilance Committeesp. 128
Commentaryp. 129
Chapter 4 Catherine Eddowesp. 140
October 1: "Two More Women Murdered in Whitechapel and Aldgate"p. 141
October 2: Further Investigation Into the Murdersp. 153
October 3: More on Eddowes' Immediate Historyp. 157
October 4: Eddowes Identified; The First Letter from Jack the Ripperp. 159
October 5: First Session of Inquestp. 166
October 8: Burial of Catherine Eddowesp. 174
October 12: Second and Final Session of Eddowes Inquestp. 175
October 16: Eddowes' Husband Discoveredp. 185
October 19: A Letter "from Hell"p. 185
Commentaryp. 188
Chapter 5 Mary Jane Kellyp. 194
November 10: "Another Case of Horrible Mutilation"p. 195
November 12: Kelly's History; A Queen's Pardonp. 205
November 13: The Kelly Inquestp. 210
November 15: George Hutchinson and Matthew Packerp. 221
November 20: Burial of Mary Kellyp. 223
Commentaryp. 224
Afterwordp. 229
Appendix Monetary Conversion Tablep. 231
Sources and Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 235