An hour later, less than a mile away in Mitre Square, police patrolman PC Edward Watkins entered Mitre Square on his usual beat; he had patrolled the square 15 mins beforehand and all had been well. However, on his return he discovered the body of Catherine Eddowes, lying on her back in the corner of the square. Her throat was severed and her abdomen savagely ripped open by a long, deep, jagged wound. The intestines had been cut out and now lay beside the dead woman, her face slashed and sliced. The left kidney and the major part of the uterus had been removed. Later, one officer described the scene "like she'd been ripped up like a pig in the market."
The killer left a clue nearby, part of Eddowes' apron was found in a doorway of Goulston Street and written in chalk above were the words: "the Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing". What followed has had researchers puzzled for over a century; the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Charles Warren, ordered the message rubbed out even though it would only take a few hours for enough daylight to photograph the wall. So adamant that the writing be removed, he came all the way down to the East End and rubbed it out himself. Later, he voiced his concern that the message would start anti-semitic riots in London but his actions have led to accusations of a cover-up. Did Sir Charles destroy a harmless piece of graffiti unrelated to the crimes, or a genuine clue left by Jack the Ripper? Battered by a storm of criticism, Sir Charles resigned shortly afterwards.
Serious panic gripped the East End.
A large team of policemen conducted house-to-house inquiries throughout Whitechapel. Forensic material was collected and examined. Suspects were identified, traced and either examined more closely or eliminated from the inquiry. Over 2000 people were interviewed, "upwards of 300" people were investigated, and 80 people were detained.
Volunteer citizens in London's East End known as the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee patrolled the streets looking for suspicious characters. They petitioned the government to raise a reward for information about the killer, and hired private detectives to question witnesses independently.
Its chairman, Mr George Lusk, received a parcel, inside was a handwritten letter and half a human kidney. The letter read as follows:
I send you half the Kidney I took from one women prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise. I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer
Catch me when you can Mister Lusk"
October passed by peacefully and some breathed a sigh of relief hoping the Ripper had ceased his killing spree.
The relief was short lived.
November 9th 1888 saw the bloodiest of all the Ripper's crimes.
A young Irish prostitute by the name of Mary Jane Kelly was found, in her own lodgings, lying on her bed. Her mutilations were the most horrific inflicted on any of the victims so far.
The existing photograph really doesn't show the sheer horror that must have been etched into all of the police officer's memories upon seeing such a sight.
Somebody was later quoted as saying "It appeared to be the work of a devil".
With Kelly's death, Jack the Ripper's reign of terror ended as quickly as it had first began.
For over 100 years following the events, writers and armchair detectives have struggled to finally put a name to the Whitechapel murderer. With each new year, another new suspect gets thrown into the mix.
A failed barrister, a Polish Jew, a mad Doctor, a Royal Prince, even a Jill - the Ripper has been but a few of the ongoing suspects emerging in a never-ending game of hunt the Ripper.
One thing seems certain though, whether Jack the Ripper was a Doctor, butcher, slaughterman or barrister, his identity will remain forever hidden in the shadows of the Victorian night.