Okay, so what the hell was Schindler's connection? None whatsoever. He just happened to have lived in a rental property owned by Albright, happened to use another Albright address as his fake address, and happened to be in the right time and place to give a ride to one of Albright's would-be victims. The cops interrogated him for hours, thinking there had to have been some connection, but not a single witness had ever seen him before, and there was no physical evidence that he had ever been at the crime scenes or knew about Albright's murderous hobby at all. In general, he seemed to have no idea what the hell was going on. He helped a woman in need, and probably was wondering why everybody was treating him like a monster all of a sudden.
A Jack The Ripper Victim Gave Police A Fake Name Which Turned Out To Be The Name Of The Next Victim
Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum (NSFW)
On September 29, 1888, London police took prostitute Catherine Eddowes to jail for lying drunk in the middle of a Whitechapel street, because the government can't let us live our lives, damn it. By midnight, she had sobered up enough to be let go, and upon her release, she gave the police a fake name: Mary Ann Kelly.
Meanwhile, Amanda Hugginkiss continued to languish in jail.
But Eddowes would have been better off spending all night in a cell. On her way home, she was attacked and murdered so brutally that her intestines were found draped over her shoulder. And less than an hour earlier, another prostitute named Elizabeth Stride had been murdered a few streets away. It was almost like someone was stalking prostitutes through Whitechapel ...
Alright, you got us. This is totally about Jack the Ripper. Stride and Eddowes brought his victim count to four and sent London into a panic. Then, a month later, Jack committed the fifth and final murder officially attributed to him. The victim was another Whitechapel prostitute by the name of Mary Jane Kelly.
City of London Police (NSFW)
Even in black and white, this is all that we can show you of the crime scene.
Yes, the Ripper somehow selected a victim who had virtually the same name Eddowes gave to the police. There was no indication that the two women knew each other, which has prompted all sorts of theories from hobbyists who still investigate the case. Was Eddowes' murder a case of mistaken identity because the Ripper was targeting Mary Kelly that night? If so, how could the Ripper have known Eddowes used that name with the cops? Did he have connections on the inside? Was he a policeman? Did he decide to retire from serial killing once he killed the "correct" Mary Kelly?
The likelier explanation is that prostitutes expecting legal trouble had several aliases ready to go (the real Mary Kelly also had a few aliases). Kelly happened to be the surname of Eddowes' boyfriend, and it's not a huge leap of logic to assume that she pulled a couple of generic first names to go with her go-to fake last name. In fact, the Ripper's first victim was named Mary Ann Nichols, making Eddowes' pseudonym a weird hybrid of the two. Still, it's not like the city only had five prostitutes, or that half of them all had the same name, right?
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