Catherine was the second woman Jack had killed that night. As soon as he had finished with her, he headed back into the East End and made his way towards the Wentworth Dwellings, a tenement block on Goulston Street.
In those days, the entrance in the photograph had no door and was open to the public. Anyone could go in and wash their hands at the communal sink just inside. On the night of the murders, someone wrote in chalk on the brickwork just inside the door: ‘The Juwes are The men That Will not be Blamed for nothing.’
Fearing a race riot in what was then a heavily Jewish area, the policeman in charge of the case had the words rubbed out just after 5 a.m., before they could be photographed. The press covering the Ripper murders were quite right when they complained that the police didn’t have a clue. They’d just rubbed it out.
HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 5. How did the police know that Jack the Ripper had been there?
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