The legend of Jack the Ripper has gripped the world for over a century… I followed in the footsteps of the myth of the ripper. With no apparent culprit caught. There was no real evidence, and so my interest waned…
7 years later, I received a phone call telling me about a shawl that was taken at the 4th Ripper murder scene.
Mixed with my passion for a mystery, my love of the East End, and my knowledge of the case, I had to see it!
The pattern of the Michaelmas Daisies was mentioned in the reports at the time.
Michaelmas is celebrated on 2 dates of the year. They are the dates that the Ripper went out to murder his victims.
There were numerous newspaper reports stating that a garment was discovered that had ‘Michalemas daisies and golden lillies’ at the murder scene of Catherine Eddowes on the night of the ‘Double Event’.
Press reports for Michaelmas Daisies:
Daily News 1st Oct 1888
Evening Standard 1st Oct 1888
Illustrated Police News 6th Oct 1888
Freeman’s Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, Dublin, Ireland, 1st Oct 1888
Irish Times 1st Oct 1888
The London Evening News 1st Oct 1888
Morning Advertiser (London) 1st Oct 1888
Pall Mall Gazette Oct 1st 1888
St James Gazette London 1st Oct 1888
The Echo London 1st October 1888 printed this:
THE MAN “WANTED.” The description of the man “wanted” by the police is: –
Aged 30, 5ft. 5in., complexion fair, hair dark, full face; cap with peak, dark jacket and trousers, small brown mustache, stout build, and broad shoulders.