The police appear to have made attempts to trace Mulshaw’s mystery informant but their enquiries proved unsuccessful.
Annie Chapman: from 2 witness statements:
The veracity of this sighting is difficult if not impossible to ascertain.
She hadn’t seen the man’s face, only his back, but she described him as being of foreign appearance with a dark complexion.
Elizabeth Stride: different witness accounts:
He had a black moustache, sandy eyelashes and was wearing a black morning suit together with a billycock hat.
He was around 5 feet 6 inches tall clean shaven, and respectably dressed. He wore a Small, black, cutaway coat, dark trousers, and a round cap with a small sailor-like peak.
The man, he said, was aged about thirty five, was around 5 feet 7 inches tall, and was of stout square-build. He wore a wide-awake hat, dark clothes and had a clerkly appearance,
The man was approximately 28 years old, with a dark complexion and a small dark moustache. He was about five foot seven inches tall, had on a dark overcoat, a hard, felt, deerstalker, dark hat, and ark clothing.
According to Scwharz, the man was about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, aged around 30 with dark hair, a fair complexion, a small brown moustache.
Catherine Eddowes: 2 witness statements:
In his hurry to get away he paid the couple scant attention and was unable to furnish a description of either of them, although he did say that the man may have been three or so inches taller than the woman.
Although the street lighting wasn’t particularly good, he caught a brief glimpse of the man’s face and was able to provide police with a description. He had the appearance of a sailor and was aged about 30. He was around 5 feet 9 inches tall, of medium build. He had a fair complexion, and a small fair moustache.
The man was aged about 36, was 5 feet 5 inches tall, he had a fresh complexion and, so she thought, a blotchy face. He had side whiskers, a thick carroty moustache, was dressed in shabby dark clothes, dark overcoat and black felt hat.
According to her police statement, as she approached the court there was a man standing against the lodging house on the opposite side of Dorset Street, although she was unable to describe him. but this was changed when she had to go and write out the police statement to: He was short, pale faced, with a black small moustache, about forty years of age.
This is the last paragraph of the article:
So these are the witnesses who may have seen the face of Jack the Ripper and was from among these that the experts pieced together the face of the murderer, a face that bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Freddie Mercury!
I've always been interested in this case, for some strange reason. I think is he was slightly "dark skinned" that might point to the theory of it being a person of Jewish descent...not necessarily a person of Spanish/Mexican descent.
Age about thirty four or thirty five; height five feet six inches; complexion pale; dark eyes and eyelashes; slight moustache curled up at each end and hair dark; very surly looking; dress – long dark coat; collar and cuffs trimmed with astrakhan and a dark jacket underneath; light waistcoat; dark trousers; dark felt hat turned down in the middle; button boots and gaiters with white buttons: wore a very thick gold chain with linen collar; black tie with horseshoe pin; respectable appearance; walked very sharp; Jewish appearance.’
Inspector Abberline took Hutchinson’s statement very seriously indeed and even assigned him two detectives who spent two days escorting him around the area in the hope that he might see the man again and identify him. Today Hutchinson’s statement arouses a great deal of debate. Many argue that it is just too good to be true – and when compared to other descriptions given by potential witnesses the detail of Hutchinson’s really does stand out. Consequently there is a tendency to dismiss his statement as not true. The problem with dismissing him outright is that Inspector Abberline, and experienced and intelligent detective believed it. So Hutchinson must remain one of the many mysteries surrounding a case that is littered with such inconsistencies.
However, there were other witnesses who claimed to have seen Jack the Ripper with his victims and it was these that the experts used to build their image of the face of Jack the Ripper.
Taken from http://www.jack-the-...jack-the-ripper
Wonder where they got the whole "dark skinned" thing from.
I do have to say, that at the time, a lot of people thought Jack the Ripper was of Jewish descent, so I think the prostitutes would have been wary of being alone with a customer if he was of Jewish descent. There was a lot of Anti-Semitism in Victorian England at this time (Even Charles Dickens, in one of his novels, had the "archetype" Jew in it) so I'm not surprised the whole Jew theory got started in the first place.
But this would have been someone who made the women feel comfortable, and no one really would have suspected him of being Jack the Ripper.