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  • Howard Brown
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    McLaughlin & Bing

    Mr. Vance McLaughlin reached out and has been kind enough to share this 24 page essay on The Atlanta Ripper case which he and Robert Bing researched.

    http://www.homicideresearch.com/wp-c...bsite-2013.pdf

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  • Jonathan A
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    Beer bottles surround murdered's woman's body

    Atlanta Constitution
    February 20, 1911

    The body of an unknown negro woman, about 25 years old, with head crushed, was found Sunday morning in the woods just beyond city limits near the West Point belt car line by a negro man, who notified some white people of his discovery. An inquest was held by Coroner Paul Donehoo, but the identity of the woman remains a mystery.

    Scattered around the place of death were numerous beer bottles. The wound was possibly inflicted by one of these, as there was no other weapon nearby.

    The crime was probably committed many hours, possibly two days before it was discovered.

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  • Jonathan A
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    1919

    Suffering from several stab wounds which she received last Sunday night by an unknown assailant, Queen Esther Jackson, a negro woman, succumbed at Grady Hospital Tuesday morning. Shortly before her death, the negro woman told the police that she had stepped into the yard to get a drink of water from the hydrant when suddenly some unknown negro stepped from the darkness and stabbed her. Her assailant made his escape.[/I]


    I always wondered why there were Ripper like crimes from 1909 to 1918, but none in 1919, but one in 1920. That's until I came across this article. Although there's no mention of police attributing this crime to the Ripper, one has to wonder.

    This woman was attacked on a Sunday night, many Ripper victims were murdered on Saturdays and Sundays. This was a completely random attack--the woman said that he was unknown to her which would make this a stranger homicide and possible a part of a serial murder.
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  • Jonathan A
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    Originally posted by Jonathan A View Post
    Thee body of an unidentified negro woman was found entangled in a wire that was holding a fish net to the Cobb County side of the Chattahoochee river, about 1 o' clock.
    An investigation of the body disclosed the fact that the woman was shot through the back


    Although this woman was shot, part of me wonders if she was a Ripper victim.
    Sorry, I forgot the article
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  • Jonathan A
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    1918

    Thee body of an unidentified negro woman was found entangled in a wire that was holding a fish net to the Cobb County side of the Chattahoochee river, about 1 o' clock.
    An investigation of the body disclosed the fact that the woman was shot through the back


    Although this woman was shot, part of me wonders if she was a Ripper victim.

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  • Howard Brown
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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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  • Jonathan A
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    Originally posted by Jonathan A View Post
    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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  • Jonathan A
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    Negress is found dead on the scene of ripper murder

    Originally posted by Jonathan A View Post
    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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  • Jonathan A
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    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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  • Howard Brown
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    Jon:

    A couple of your intended uploads didn't work....just to let you know why you don't see the links.

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  • Jonathan A
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    I've got to go to work soon. I'll post more articles tomorrow.

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  • Jonathan A
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    Clark University murder

    The gruesome discovery of the body of a negro woman with head crushed in and numerous other marks of violence about her person, lying in a mud puddle on the campus of Clark University, for negroes was made by white school children Monday afternoon about 2:30.

    The body was removed to Robertson's s undertaking establishment and at early hour Monday night was still unidentified, She was dressed in a black skirt and appeared to be 30 or 36 years old.

    County Police Lieutenants Jordan and Stovall who are probing into the mystery of the death Monday night were without any clew that would lead to a clearing of the affair.

    Although the article doesn't mention the police attributing this murder to the Ripper, one can see the similarities,
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  • Jonathan A
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    March 9, 1909

    In a lonely spot a short distance away from Ponce De Leon avenue, and near the foot of Jackson street, the bleached bones of a young woman were found Sunday afternoon by W.W Hughes of Reynoldstown. The matter was reported to the local police, and Detectives Hood and Arthur were detailed on the case. Although they believe the girl was murdered the detectives have so far made no arrests and are completely baffled. Coroner Paul Donehoo held an inquest but succeeded in shedding no light on the mystery.

    The body, partly decomposed, had still around it stripes of clothing and the authorities think the body that of a negro girl, and they say that they believe she was murdered. About two weeks ago a similar discovery was made by two small boys in the neighborhood who found the body underneath a pile of trash.
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  • Jonathan A
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    Another woman killed in same location.

    Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
    Removed her heart !!!


    Staunton (Va.) Spectator & Vindicator
    November 24, 1911
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    It seems that another negro woman was killed in the same location in 1917.
    Like this victim, she was discovered by two boys and had her throat cut and head crushed.



    Two negro boys who were picking blackberries early Sunday morning discovered the body of an unknown negro woman lying dead and partly concealed just beyond the Atlanta and West Point Belt Line about 300 yards from Stewart Avenue.
    The woman's skull was completely crushed and battered in by some heavy and sharp instrument and the county police were strongly reminded by the nature of the crime of the old time work of jack the Ripper.

    Indications are that the woman was killed very early in the morning and as yet her body has not been identified. Lieutenant Jordan and Policeman Stovall of the county police, are investigating the case. No arrest has been made.
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  • Howard Brown
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    The Serial Killer Podcast : The Atlanta Ripper

    http://www.theserialkillerpodcast.co...tlanta-ripper/

    September 21, 2016

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