I hope you are all well and looking forward to the long weekend, for those of us on this side of the pond anyway.
She was last seen on the evening on 6th August on the arm of a soldier; the nearest Garrison to Whitechapel was in the Tower of London. The soldiers of the Garrison were paraded within the Tower whilst another prostitute, probably the last person apart for the murderer, to see Martha alive, was bought in to see if she could identify the soldier she saw Martha on the arm of. After two hours she unfortunately could not, and so the soldiers were stood down. It was only a few weeks later that another mutilated body of a prostitute was found win the Whitechapel area, and after her a further four victims were found, all prostitutes, all mutilated and all in the Whitechapel area. Of course the five victims after Martha were put down to the work of 'Jack the Ripper', but I wonder if Martha was his first victim. I also wonder about the area where they were all found and how quickly you can get from the Tower to Whitechapel, in no time at all, roughly ten minutes to twenty minutes depending which part you want to go to; also I wonder why the Yeoman Warders were not interviewed as the later eye witnesses describe a gentleman in a top-hat and cloak - now if you look at the uniform of the Warders, when wearing their capes and bonnets, they do seem similar, especially as during the 1880's through to 1960's, London was known for it's thick fog and smog, and the streets were lit by gas light not the electric lights we have today. The Yeoman Warders were from the military, some may have served as medics, or surgeons assistants on the battlefields.............. it's just a thought. Maybe the reason they were never questioned by the police is because they are not allowed to be detained by any police force; they have a charter which decrees this. Anyway it's something that I have always wondered and really must research more when I have time. I daresay that the Yeoman Warders had nothing to do with the horrific events but it does make you wonder........
I have quite a few presentations to give in August and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.
Have a great rest of the week and weekend.
Until next time,