1889: Jack The Ripper Said to Have Connection With Police
LONDON — One of the most interesting and, perhaps, significant points in connection with the murder of Alice Mackenzie is one to which much attention has not yet been called. At the time of the August, September and November murders last year the number of constables on patrol duty in what is known as the ‘‘murder district,’’ covered by Commercial street and Leman street stations, was strengthened by 100 extra men from other divisions. There were at that time 300 men in uniform and plain clothes on night duty in this comparatively small area. As the excitement died away this extra force was gradually diminished.
On Tuesday night the eighth murder occurred. Every one of the murders displayed a knowledge of police customs and the rules of the patrol, upon which the murderer calculated closely. He calculates so very closely in this respect as to give fair reason for the assumption that he has either been connected with the police, or is intimately acquainted with some member of the force who furnishes the information, of the result of which he does not dream.
The efforts of the police at the present time consist—first, in hunting vigorously for a clue; and, secondly, by an abundant patrol in two districts endeavoring to prevent a repetition of the sanguinary crime. In the search for a clue everybody is patiently listened to, however presumptively idiotic his or her story may be.
There are a lot of people who are sure that the murderer is red headed, and there is a surprising number of bets in the clubs turning on this point. There are people who have dreamed that they saw Jack the Ripper, and who are surprised that their dream description of him, which, by the way, usually accords to him two legs, two arms, a head and a trunk, and little else of value, is not immediately circulated by the police. — New York Herald, European Edition, July 21, 1889