Originally Posted by harry
What would have been the opinion of police,on Monday 12th about the man reported by Lewis as standing outside Crossinghams,in the period before Hutchinson fronted up.?
In what way, can you be more precise?
When they found he was residing only a few minutes from a police station,and that there had ben innumerable members of the police force in the area,anyone of whom could have been approached? What then?If that had been thought of as suspicious,as I think it is,fronting up at about six pm would not on it's own be enough to dispel such suspicions.So it's his story that is the focal point of Aberline's opinion?
It seems you are returning to the fact Hutchinson did not come forward on the day of the murder?
I appreciate that in order to follow my argument you would need to subscribe to the BNA, the Press Section here on Casebook does not offer much by way of local newspapers on Nov. 9th.
On the day of the murder, only the evening papers carried any mention of the crime. There is absolutely no suggestion the murder took place overnight.
The Star (here on Casebook) writes the following:
"...The story of the crime current among the neighbors is that this morning - what time cannot at present be precisely ascertained, but at any rate after daylight, she took a man home to her own room, presumably for an immoral purpose. At a quarter to eleven the landlady of the house went up for the rent, and found her murdered."
No mention of Maxwell or of M.Lewis, or any suggestion the murder took place in the night.
The Echo (on Casebook), wrote:
"Mary Ann Kelly was seen about the streets at one o'clock this morning....
when the mother returned to the room with the assassin.....
... the man who is suspected of having committed the murder sent the child out to buy sweets and playing he found the place in commotion, for his mother had been discovered lifeless and bleeding, and the murder had fled. There is no trace whatever of the murderer."
Nowhere to buy sweets in the middle of the night. This murderer stayed the night, and murdered her in the morning.
We also read:
"At half past ten this morning the dead body of a woman was found in an untenanted outhouse or shed in Dorset-court, Dorset-street, Commercial-street, Spitalfields. It had evidently been there for some hours, but several scavengers who were in the court at nine o'clock this morning declare that the body was not there then. They might, however, have been mistaken as the place is very dark."
"Morris Lewis, a tailor, states that he was playing "pitch and toss" in the court at nine o'clock this morning, and an hour before that he had seen the woman leave the house, and return with some milk. There is no evidence as to who was in the house with her."
"....It is confidently stated that the deceased was seen after ten o'clock this morning in company with a paramour, when they were both drinking at the public-house at the corner of Dorset-street."
There is no mention of an early morning murder theory.
Another evening paper, The Globe, wrote:
"As far as can be ascertained, she was met this morning at a quarter-past eight o'clock. She was then walking down the court with a jug, and returned shortly after with some milk. In a few minutes she came out of the house and went to a small public house, where she remained drinking for about half an hour, when she went back to meet her frightful end".
"At half past ten this morning, the dead body of a woman with her head almost severed from her body was found in an untenanted outhouse or shed in Dorset court, Dorset street, Commercial street, Spitalfields. It had evidently lain there for some hours, but several scavengers who were in the court at nine o'clock this morning declare the body was not there then. They might, however, have been mistaken, as the place is very dark."
Evening News, 9 Nov.
Other evening papers like The Standard, St. James Gazette make no mention of the crime. The Pall Mall Gazette mentions the crime with details to come in a later issue.
So, if Hutchinson is going to pay any attention to what the theories were, when she was killed, it is the very day of the murder.
And, on the day of the murder he reads that all circumstances suggest she died late in the morning.
So, should he come forward to make his presence known when it wasn't necessary, or just stay away?
Then the Sat. morning papers repeat the same, c/w a few suggestions of an overnight crime.
What is he to do?
It's only on Sunday morning when the press begin to make a firm suggestion of an overnight murder.