Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 57 )
I summoned McGinty and told him to seek out Annie Chapman and to inform me of where she was likely to be found after dark. I apologised that it was something of a rather urgent nature, but I felt I had a point to prove.
I had all but convinced Abberline that our man would kill again, so now he must, if only to keep up my credibility with the Police.
McGinty reported back that she was often seen plying for trade in the area of Hanbury Street, He was sorry but due to the time restraints, he couldn’t be more accurate than that.
It was a lot less than I had hoped for, but nonetheless it was information, and that was what allowed me to plan. I went down to the cellar where I had a large scale map of the area, I checked out Hanbury Street and its environs so that I was certain that I had a clear escape route, if anything should go wrong, better safe than in the hands of the Police or Vigilantes.
At 11.30 p.m. on Friday 7th of September I sent McGinty out to find her. I, Myself left via the cellar at 1.00 a.m on Saturday the 8th of September. The day that Annie would meet her maker or my ministrations which would send her there.
It was a cold Autumn night, I hoped it wouldn’t be a long drawn out wait, unfortunately you can plan everything else but not the vagaries of your victim. You can bait the trap, but the mouse will arrive in its own good time, not too agree with your self imposed schedule!
(C) Damian Grange 2018