Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 82 )
Continuation of Post Mortem Report:
The carotid artery had a fine hole opening, The internal jugular vein was opened about a inch and a half…not divided. The blood vessels contained clotted blood. All these injuries were performed by a sharp instrument, like a knife and pointed.
The cause of death was haemorrhage, from the left common carotid artery. Death was immediate, all the mutations were administered after death.
We examined the abdomen. The front walls were laid open from the breast bone to the pubes. The cut commenced opposite the enciform cartilage. The knife must have cut obliquely at the expense of that cartilage.
Behind this, the liver was stabbed as if by the point of a sharp instrument, Below this was another incision in to the liver of about two and a half inches, and below this the left lobe of the liver was slit through by a vertical cut. two cuts were shewn by the jagging of the skin on the left side.
The abdominal walls were divided in the middle line to within a quarter of an inch of the navel, The cut then took a horizontal course for two and a half inches to the right side. It then divided round the navel on the left side, leaving the navel on a tongue of skin. Attached to the navel was two and a half inches of the rectus muscle on the left side of the abdomen. The incision then took an oblique direction to the right and was shelving. the incision went down the right side of the vagina and rectum to half an inch behind the rectum.
There was a stab of about an inch on the left groin. This was done by a pointed instrument. Below this was a cut of about three inches going through all the tissues and making a wound of the peritonium to about the same extent.
An inch below the crease of the thigh was a cut extending from the exterior spine of the ilium obliquely down the inner side of the left thigh and separating the left labium, forming a flap of skin up to the groin. The left rectus muscle was not detached.
There was a flap of skin formed by the right thigh, attaching the right labium and extending up to the spine of the ilium. The muscles on the right side of the frontal ligaments were cut through.
(C) Damian Grange 2018