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Thought I'd make mention of the Fairy Fay date quasquicentennial coming up this week on the 26th whether it's totally apocryphal, a mis-dated account of Emma Smith's murder, an exaggerated report of the Margaret Hames attack or Trevor Bond's Susannah Scanes.
This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
I was just reading a press article on the Pinchin Street Torso (Times (London) Wednesday, 11 September 1889), and found that this gave a list of the alleged Ripper victims;
1. Dec. 1887 - Unknown woman found murdered near Osborne and Wentworth streets Whitechapel.
2. Aug. 7th, 1888 - Martha Turner found stabbed in 39 places on a landing of the model dwellings in George yard buildings, Whitechapel.
3. Aug. 31st, 1888 - Mary Ann Nicholls, murdered and mutilated in Baker's (sic) row, Whitechapel.
4. Sept. 8th, 1888 - Mary Ann Chapman, murdered and mutilated in Hanbury street, Whitechapel.
5. Sept. 30th, 1888 - Elizabeth Stride, found with her throat cut in Berner street, St. George's.
6. Sept. 30th, 1888 - Mrs. May Eddowes, murdered and mutilated in Mitre square, Aldgate.
7. Nov. 9th, 1888 - Mary Jane Kelly, murdered and mutilated in Dorset street, Spitalfields.
8. July 17th, 1889 - Alice M'Kenzie, murdered and mutilated in Castle alley, Whitechapel.
9. The woman whose mutilated body was found yesterday morning.
Was the state of journalism really so bad, less than two years after the start of the Whitechapel Murders, that they could forget one supposed victim and remember another that didn't exist?
The Pall Mall Gazette 10th Nov has a list of previous victims;
"No. 1 - Impaled with and Iron Stake
The first of the so-called Whitechapel murders took place at Christmas, when an unknown woman was found murdered near Osborne-street, Whitechapel. How she came by her death no one could say, but a certain grim horror distinguished it from ordinary murders by the fact that an iron stake was thrust into her person. It is necessary to mention this, because in the lists that appear in the morning papers she is confused with the victim of Easter Tuesday, Emma Smith, whose death was not caused by an iron stake, but by repeated outrage of the worst kind."
THE NINE PREVIOUS VICTIMS. The following is a complete list of the nine victims who have already fallen a prey to the murderer popularly known as the Whitechapel monster." No. 1. Last Christmas week a woman named Smith, found in a model dwelling murdered, and with an iron spike thrust through her abdomen. No. 2. On April 3, 1888, Emma Elizabeth Smith, a woman of tbe town, was murdered in Whitechapel. No. 3. August 7, the body of Martha Tabram, a hawker, was found on the first-floor landing of the George-yard Buildings, Commercial- street, Spitalfields. The bead was nearly severed trom the body, and there were 32 stab-wounds besides the usual mutilation. The murder was committed between midnight and dawn. No. 4. Mary Ann Nichols, aged forty-two, a woman of the lowest class, was killed and mutilated like the rest. Her body was found in the street in Buck's-row, Whitechapel, in the early morning of Friday, August 31. She had evidently been killed somewhere else and her body earned where it was found, for little blood was discovered where the body lay. No 5. Just a week after the killing of the woman Nichols, Annie Chapman, aged 45, another fallen woman, was similarly murdered and mutilated. Her body was discovered in the back yard of 29, Hanbury-street, 100 yards from the place where the Nichols woman's remains were found. She must have been butchered after 5 a.m., for she was drinking with a man, probably her murderer, at that hour in a public-house near by. On the wall near her body was written in chalk-" Five fifteen more, then I give myself up." No. 6Another Whitechapel woman, Elizabeth Stride, nicknamed "Hippy Lip Annie," 40 years old, was murdered in Berners-street, on Sunday, September 30th, at about one a.m. Her throat was cut, but there was no slashing of the remains. The body was warm when found, and the murderer had been apparently frighteued away. No. 7. Fifteen minutes after the discovery of the butchery of "Hippy Lip Annie," the mutilated body of another victim, a degraded woman of the Whitechapel district, named Catherine Eddowes, was found in the south- west corner of Mitre-square. No. 8. On October 2 the highly decomposed remains of a woman, shockingly mutilated and giving evidence of having been killed by the Whiteciiapel muiderer, was found on the site of the new London police offices, on the Thames Embankment. [This place is near Charing-cross, three miles west of the Whitechapel district.] No. 9. The last murder, on November 9th, took place in a house in a little lane called Dorset- street, near Commercial-street, Spitalfields. The name of the shockingly mutilated victim was Marie Jeannette K-lly. She was a native of Limerick, and had lived at Carmarthen and at Cardiff.