original ancient cobblestones in Whitechapel's Mitre Square are
all that now remain, unmodernised, of Jack the Rippers hunting
At 1.45am on the 30th September 1888 a Police Constable by the name
of Watkins found her lifeless eviscerated body. She had been as savagely
mutilated as the rest of his prey. At once a search started but all
that was found was a piece of Catherines grubby, bloody apron
discarded in the doorway of 48 Goulston Street a short walk away from
the scene of the crime by a P.C. Long. The Ripper, as he then became
known, had used it to wipe the blood from his knife blade.
He would have walked and stalked this square looking for his next
victim - the unfortunate local prostitute Catherine Eddowes.
This was as close as the police
reportedly came to apprehending the killer at this time...
The apparition of Catherines lifeless corpse has, on occasion
appeared on the ground lying huddled on the very spot she was so