Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 79 )
Catherine Eddowes, the woman who after Mary Kelly, I despised the most. This was the woman who had convinced Mary to have a back-street abortion, that had cost me my unborn Daughter and Mary, almost her life.
I felt the urge to mutilate and deface her much more than the others. Even though she was dead, I still felt the need for vengeance, revenge for my unborn child.
I gripped my scalpel and began cutting, as I began to mutilate her corpse, I felt a mixture of pleasure and relief. After a while, I heard footsteps pounding on the pavement. So, I put away my tools and made good my escape.
At approximately 1.45 a.m. Catherine Eddowes body is discovered by Constable Edward Watkins in Mitre Square. Doctor Frederick Gordon Brown, a Police surgeon, arrived at Mitre Square at 2 a.m. his report is as follows:
The body was on its back, head turned to left shoulder. the arms by the side of the body as if fallen there. Both palms upwards, fingers slightly bent. The left leg extended in a line with the body. The abdomen was exposed, right leg bent at knee and thigh. The throat was cut across.
The intestines were drawn out to a large extent and placed over the right shoulder .. they were smeared over with some feculent matter. A piece of about two feet in length was quite detached from the body, and was placed between the body and the left arm, apparently by design. The lobe and auricle of the right ear were cut obliquely through.
There was a quantity of clotted blood on the pavement on the left side of the neck, round the shoulder and the upper part of the arm. And fluid blood – coloured serum which had flowed under the neck to the right shoulder, the pavement sloping in that direction.
(C) Damian Grange 2018