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Old Yesterday, 05:20 PM   #241
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Default Body of Negro Woman found in Woods.

I'm baffled as to why the police attributed some murders to the Ripper, but not others.

This murder definitely seems like a Ripper affair.

The body of an unidentified negro woman apparently about 35 years old, was found in a ditch in the woods near the Southern railway tracks about a mile from Hapeville, by R,P Wood, a farmer living at Mountain View. The gruesome discovery was made about 2'o clock Thursday afternoon.

The woman's skull had been fractured near the base and her throat. She had been dead several hours. Mr. Wood notified the county police, stating to them that he was walking to Hapeville from his home when he discovered the body a few feet from the path in the woods.


Though the article doesn't state that the police suspected this of being a Ripper murder, the fact that this was a young black woman, who had her head crushed and throat cut, the fact that she was found in the woods, the fact that she was found near the railroad, makes me suspect that this could be a Ripper murder.
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I'm baffled as to why the police attributed some murders to the Ripper, but not others.

This murder definitely seems like a Ripper affair.

The body of an unidentified negro woman apparently about 35 years old, was found in a ditch in the woods near the Southern railway tracks about a mile from Hapeville, by R,P Wood, a farmer living at Mountain View. The gruesome discovery was made about 2'o clock Thursday afternoon.

The woman's skull had been fractured near the base and her throat. She had been dead several hours. Mr. Wood notified the county police, stating to them that he was walking to Hapeville from his home when he discovered the body a few feet from the path in the woods.


Though the article doesn't state that the police suspected this of being a Ripper murder, the fact that this was a young black woman, who had her head crushed and throat cut, the fact that she was found in the woods, the fact that she was found near the railroad, makes me suspect that this could be a Ripper murder.

Although there's no mention of police attributing the above murder to the Ripper, about a week later, there was a murder that the police suggested to be the Ripper's.
March 11, 1918.
An unidentified negro woman was murdered at the top of a densely wooded hill above the West Point Belt Line railroad in the vicinity of Grant Street. The Body was found Sunday afternoon by people living in the neighborhood.
The victim was about five foot six inches in height and weighed about 130 pounds.

Detectives state that about five years ago during the Jack-the Ripper excitement when so many negro were found murdered, that a body was found at almost exactly the same spot and no clue was found to the crime



Five years from 1918 would be 1913. I was only able to find three newspaper articles of victims killed in 1913 that were linked to the Ripper. One was in February, 1913, another was Laura Smith killed in March 1913. The last was Martha Ruffian, killed in her house in August 1913. None were found near the West Point Line. So this article may be pointing to a crime that wasn't reported in the newspaper. Needless to say, many Ripper victims were found near the West Point Belt Line.
1-Maggie Brooks
2-Unknown killed in February 1911
3-Sadie Holley
4-Mary Putnam, the victim who was found with her heart cut out near Atlanta and Stewart avenues in November 1911.
5-Mary Kate Sledge, killed in April 1912.
6-Unknown 1913
7-Unknown killed in Atlanta and Stewart Avenues, in the same area as Mary Putnam.
8-This victim.
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I'm baffled as to why the police attributed some murders to the Ripper, but not others.

This murder definitely seems like a Ripper affair.

The body of an unidentified negro woman apparently about 35 years old, was found in a ditch in the woods near the Southern railway tracks about a mile from Hapeville, by R,P Wood, a farmer living at Mountain View. The gruesome discovery was made about 2'o clock Thursday afternoon.

The woman's skull had been fractured near the base and her throat. She had been dead several hours. Mr. Wood notified the county police, stating to them that he was walking to Hapeville from his home when he discovered the body a few feet from the path in the woods.


Though the article doesn't state that the police suspected this of being a Ripper murder, the fact that this was a young black woman, who had her head crushed and throat cut, the fact that she was found in the woods, the fact that she was found near the railroad, makes me suspect that this could be a Ripper murder.

An interesting fact is that Ripper suspect, Todd Henderson lived on Hill Street near the West Point Belt Line. Maggie Brooks was killed in this area in 1910. According to Detective George Bullard, Todd Henderson lived near where "a half a dozen negroes" were killed.
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Nice work, Jon. One of these days, someone ought to get a map of metro Atlanta ( contemporary, if possible ) and we could plot out all the locations where the women were found murdered.
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