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The Torsos Bodies and body parts found in the Thames River as well as in other locations prior to, during, and after the more celebrated Whitechapel Murders

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Old May 10th, 2017, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Montrouge-case seen as possible Ripper-case

From Viborg Stifts-Tidende, 29. October 1888:

The abdomen-ripper in France.

Since the terrible murders in London are continually occuring, and the deed always completed in the exact, often described way, France, under the impression of these continually repeated news, has been reminded of a murder that almost seems to have been the Whitechapelman's first lucky attempt at his terrible craft.

The French papers are therefore renumerating the event, which terrified all of Paris.

The crime took place in Montrouge in November 1886. One morning the body of a young woman was found. It was chopped into three pieces, and each of these was in a separate place, rather far apart from each other.

The right breast had been cut off, and the same operation, which Jack performs in London, had been performed on the abdomen of the body.

The head was cut off from the body right at the shoulders, and the legs were chopped off with a butcher's knife. The head itself and the right arm were missing.

In spite of the rigorous investigations, which were immediately commenced, the murderer was not found.

Suddenly, the similarity between this murder and the London ones has been noticed. What further confirms the assumption is that the body was wrapped in a piece of English canvas which was tied with a whip-string, also of English manufacture. Also the piece, wherein the bloody limbs were hidden, turned out to be of English origin.

The connection between this murder and the London ones is not a loose assumption, made by the papers, but the result of real police investigations, that have consequently resulted in sending a very able policeman named Jaume to England with the above mentioned items found on the murder scene.

He is supposedly a man who has frequently shown himself in possession of great astuteness in the detection of crimes, and perhaps he will be able to assist the London police, which seems almost to have completely given up finding the terrible criminal, who now in all likelihood belongs to the punishing justice of both countries.
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Old May 10th, 2017, 07:07 PM   #2
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Great find, Kattrup ! Thank you.....
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Old May 11th, 2017, 09:03 PM   #3
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Having difficulty locating the dismemberment/murder in the Gallica archive.

If anyone can read French, maybe you can help.

http://gallica.bnf.fr/services/engin...2%29&suggest=0
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Here is an Engish news report of the murder.........Pat
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Very interesting. Thanks Kattrup.
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According to the Dundee telegraph of Aug 6th, a death while procuring an abortion was suspected as an explanation for the mutilations, the body cut up to conceal the crime and the breast removed as it may have had a distinguishing mark upon it.
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Similarly to Elizabeth Jackson, this woman had hair with a reddish tinge and an old scar on her arm. Her pelvic viscera was removed completely.
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Thanks for the follow-ups folks !

I've noticed that there's a mention of the murder in R. Michael Gordon's 'The American Murders of Jack The Ripper' and Dirk Gibson's Serial Killers Around The World....but with very few details.
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