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Answer 90. Jack the Ripper left a bloody trail as he went. Evidently frustrated that he hadn’t been able to mutilate Elizabeth Stride, he killed another prostitute less than an hour later and mutilated her instead.


His second victim that night was Catherine Eddowes. He found her in Mitre Square (see Question 4) around 1.35 a.m. and killed her at once, while a policeman was standing less than 30 yards away.

The policeman found the body at 1.45 a.m. It had been hacked open from groin to breastbone and the contents ripped out ‘like a pig in a market’. The policeman immediately blew his whistle and called for help, but Jack the Ripper had already vanished.

Making his way to Wentworth Dwellings on the corner of Goulston and Wentworth Streets, he dropped a piece of Catherine’s stained apron while washing his hands at the communal sink just inside the doorway (see photo, Question 5). His movements after that are unknown.

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DowningStThis is a rear view of No 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain’s prime ministers since 1735. During the latter half of World War One, it was occupied by David Lloyd George in a ménage a trois with his wife and mistress.

Lloyd George’s wife Margaret held sway upstairs, in the main part of the house. His mistress, who was also his secretary, had an office on the ground floor next to the Cabinet Room. The two women were fighting a war of their own every bit as ferocious as anything happening on the Western Front.

Lloyd George spent many happy hours chasing his secretary around her desk. On still summer evenings, if he took a break from his exertions, it was sometimes possible in Downing Street to hear the guns in France as British troops braced themselves wearily for another big push.

HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 91. What was the name of Lloyd George’s secretary?

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