Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 73 )

Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 73 )

  I had made my decision, I would have to terminate Liz Stride as early as possible, If I were to have a chance at Cathy Eddowes the same night. This was really going to need some thought, the timing would be crucial. Much as I loathed the idea I decided to postpone my plans, for a little while. Maybe by then the fuss would have died down  and the streets would have returned to a semblance of normality.

I had been home, a little over a week and had more or less caught up with my commitments to my patients at the Infirmary, when I received a message from Inspector Abberline, Delivered by hand by one of his constables. It said, ‘Could you please call and see me, at your earliest convenience, there as been a development?’ followed by his signature. ‘Tell the Inspector, I will be there with in the hour, I’ve just a few notes to file,’ I told the constable, wondering what could have caused this urgency.

The moment I arrived I was ushered in to the Inspectors Office, where Abberline introduced me to Sergeant Godly, his subordinate and colleague. ‘Why I have called you here, Doctor, is for your advice, This, letter was received by the press and is supposedly from our perpetrator, I would value your opinion?’ Stated Inspector Abberline.

He handed me the letter, I did as requested and read it in its entirety. ‘My first thought is that this is a man of intellect, who is trying hard to disguise that intellect, but this is false, this is not our man.’ I stated confidently, and who knows better than I !

(C)  Damian Grange 2018

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