On September 8, around dawn, Annie Chapman’s body was found in a small yard at the back of a house that was about a half-mile from where Mary Ann was killed. She had been mutilated with even greater ferocity. Her throat had been slashed so deeply that it seemed possible her killer had tried to decapitate her; and her intestines had been cut free and dumped on her right shoulder. The police surgeon who examined the corpse reported: ’ … the knife used was … a small amputating knife, or well-ground slaughterman’s knife, narrow and sharp with a blade of six to nine inches in length.’
The police were confident that both murder were by the same hand, and in the following weeks they investigated a number of possible suspects: local slaughtermen, medical students with a record of mental instability, even qualified physicians. But they had no success.
Around September 18-19, the London police received a letter, jeering at their efforts, but which they did not make public. Dated September 17, and apparently smeared with blood, it concluded:
“I love my work an I shan’t stop until I get buckled and even then watch out for your old pal Jacky. Catch me if you Can ‘Jack the Ripper’ Sorry about the blood still messy from the last one…”
In the early hours of Sunday September 30, the Ripper struck twice, killing Elizabeth Stride(as pictured above) and Catherine Eddowes. It seems probably that he was interrupted at his work on Elizabeth, for only her throat was cut and her body left unmutilated; and in a frustrated frenzy he attacked Catherine within half-an-hour, and less that half-a-mile away. She had suffered gross mutilation: she was completely disemboweled, and her uterus and left kidney were missing.