Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 106 )
By all accounts my party had been a raving success. Irene teased and flirted with me mercilessly, much to my embarrassment and Fred and Lizzie’s amusement.
Then the one thing happened that I had been secretly dreading, Fred asked, ‘If he might visit my laboratory and see for himself what I was working on?’ I agreed immediately, but on the stipulation that the ladies stayed upstairs, there were things in my laboratory not suitable for ladies’ eyes.
There was one blessing, once Mary Kelly had been disposed of, we had no need of the cellar exit, so with Mc Ginty’s assistance I dragged a heavy cupboard in front of it, obscuring it from sight completely.
Fred Abberline looked around my laboratory and asked some pertinent questions about the projects I was currently engaged upon. He had a agile mind and showed much interest in the various projects that I was working on to improve the lives of Whitechapel’s poor and needy.
We were just about to re-join the ladies, when he looked me in the eye and asked, ‘Were you aware that you had an outside door leading in to your cellar?’ ‘ I had no idea, I wish I had known months ago, when Mc Ginty and I were struggling downstairs with my equipment, Where exactly is it?’ I queried not wanting to appear too obvious.
‘In the wall, behind that huge cupboard!’ He explained. ‘Aha! now it makes sense that cupboard was there when I purchased the property and no mention was made of a secondary entrance / exit at that time’ I replied ‘Why were you interested?’
‘I noticed it, as we walked by, copper’s nose if you like, so I thought I’d ask? ‘And is the answer to your satisfaction?’ I asked curious to know if he had suspicions. ‘Of course, no cause for concern, just me being nosey!’ replied Fred.
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