Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 92 )
Conclusion of Police Surgeon’s Report:
The left calf showed a long gash through skin and tissues to the deep muscles and reaching from the knee to five inches above the ankle. Both arms and forearms had extensive jagged wounds.
The right thumb showed a small superficial lesion about one inch long with extravasation of blood in the skin, and there were several abrasions on the back of the hand moreover showing the same condition.
The pericardium was open below and the heart absent. In the abdominal cavity was some partially digested food of fish and potatoes and similar food was found in the remains of the stomach attached to the intestines.
Dr. George Bagster Phillips was also present at the scene, and gave the following testimony at the inquest:
‘ The mutilated remains of a female were lying two-thirds over the edge of the bedstead nearest the door. She had only her chemise on, or some linen undergarment. I am sure the body had been removed subsequent to the injury which caused her death from that side of the bed which was nearest the wooden partition, because of the large quantity of blood under the bed and the saturated condition of the sheet and palliasse at the corner nearest the partition. the blood was produced by the severance of the carotid artery, which was the cause of death. The injury was inflicted while the deceased was lying on the right side of the bed.’
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