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  • List of files at Kew re. Whitechapel murders

    Going through some old files I found this list I complied some time back of the files at the PRO at Kew that relate to the Whitechapel murders.
    This is Page 1 of 10 - the rest later.


    Reference: MEPO 3/140
    Description: Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: result of summons taken out by Mrs Sadler against her husband for threats made by him to murder her
    Note: Folio No: 111
    Date: 1892 May 16
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record

    Reference: MEPO 3/140
    Description: Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: Police report: alleged murder in Backchurch Lane being investigated by reporters from New York Herald on 8 Sept 1889
    Note: Folio No: 152
    Date: 1889 Sept 12
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record

    Reference: HO 144/221/A49301I
    Description: CRIMINAL - A residuum of notes. See separate headings for COURTS, EXECUTIONS, EXTRADITION, LUNACY, PARDONS, PRISONS AND PRISONERS, ETC., ETC.: Police report re murder in Castle Alley, Whitechapel, also accounts of expenses incurred by officers in connection therewith
    Date: 1889
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former references: in its original department: A49301I
    Legal status: Public Record

    Reference: MEPO 3/3157
    Description: Letter written by person claiming to be 'Jack the Ripper' to Dr T H Openshaw of the London Hospital, Whitechapel. The subject of the letter is the human kidney which was sent to G Lusk of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee.
    Note: Related material: MEPO 3/140-142, 3153 & 3155-3156
    Date: 1888 Oct 29
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record
    Language: English
    Physical description: file(s)
    Access conditions: Open on Transfer

    Reference: MEPO 3/141
    Description: Letter from Thomas Bond comparing the murder of Marie Jeanette Kelly (Mary Jane Kelly) with four of the previous murders, and an assessment of the murderer (copy of same in MEPO 3/140, ff 220-223)
    Note: Folio No: 150-157
    Date: 1888 Nov 10
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record


    Reference: MEPO 3/140
    Description: Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: Police report: details of murder
    Note: Folio No: 125-134
    Date: 1889 Sept 11
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record


    Reference: MEPO 3/140
    Description: Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Statement of Margaret Franklin who saw deceased on night of murder
    Note: Folio No: 275
    Date: 1889 July 22
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record


    Reference: MEPO 3
    Title: Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series
    Description: Files of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's Office dealing with special police duties, attempted royal assassinations, the lunacy laws, baby farming, murder and other matters. Also general orders of the Commissioner and personal files of senior officials and selected women police officers. There are also papers which formed part of a special collection of Commissioner's Office papers preserved in the Receiver's private office. The series contains some documents relating to the Whitechapel murders (Jack the Ripper) sent anonymously to New Scotland Yard in 1987.
    Date: 1830-1974
    Arrangement: Between 1830 and July 1882 the papers are arranged under subject headings without reference to the original file numbers.
    Between August 1882 and 1919 the papers are arranged in the order of their former departmental references, which consist of a number preceded by the letters"ON" (Old Number) or"GR" (General Registry).
    The registration system in use from 1921 to 1940 provided for the classification of papers under a large number of subject headings, each keyed to a particular number (eg"1" - complaints against police). Any sub-classification within these subject categories is indicated by a letter or combination of letters.
    The registration system in use for 1940 onwards consists of three numbers. The first number indicates the particular subject, the second the year in which the file was created, and the third the serial number of the file within its series for that particular year.
    The naming of a defendant within this catalogue does not imply guilt.
    Related Material: Information on the outcome of cases referred to is not held by the Public Record Office.
    Registers of some of this correspondence are in MEPO 18
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record
    Language: English
    Physical description: 3156 files, photographs and volumes
    Unpublished finding aids: An index exists to the several subject headings.

    Reference: CAB 41/21/17
    Description: Proclamation offering free pardon to anyone giving evidence regarding recent murder [Seventh Whitechapel murder]; Sir Henry Blake's appointment; Lord Clanricarde's estate.
    Note: 3 pp.
    Date: 1888 Nov.10
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record


    Reference: MEPO 3/3153
    Description: The Whitechapel Murders:
    'Jack the Ripper'. Letter signed 'Jack the Ripper', dated 25 Sept 1888, addressed to The Central News Ltd, and covering letter from Central News;
    folio nos 1-4. Letter from Home Office, 10 Nov 1888, and subsequent MPO press notice seeking information as to the murderer of Mary Janet (or Marie Jeanette) Kelly;
    folio nos 5-9. Report of post mortem examination of Mary Janet Kelly, dated 16 Nov 1888;
    folio nos 10-19. CID report dated 24 Sept 1889, and extract from Evening Standard of that date relating to inquest on the human remains found 10 Sept 1889;
    folio nos 20-22; See also MEPO 3/140-142 & 3155, 3156.
    Date: 1888-1889
    Separated Material: For items extracted from this piece see EXT 11/143
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record
    Immediate source of acquisition: Papers sent anonymously to New Scotland Yard, Nov 1987


    Reference: HO 144/221/A49301I
    Description: POLICE - METROPOLITAN: Police report re murder in Castle Alley, Whitechapel. Also Accounts of expenses incurred by officers in connection therewith
    Date: 1889
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former references: in its original department: A49301I
    Legal status: Public Record


    Reference: MEPO 3/140
    Description: Marie Jeanette Kelly (Mary Jane Kelly) (9 Nov 1888): Copy of letter from Thomas Bond comparing this murder with four of the previous murders, and an assessment of the murderer (original in MEPO 3/141, ff 150-157)
    Note: Folio No: 220-223
    Date: 1888 Nov 10
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record


    Reference: MEPO 3/140
    Description: Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: enquiries into the history of Sadler, charged with murder
    Note: Folio No: 65-74
    Date: 1891 Feb 21
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record


    Reference: MEPO 3/140
    Description: Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: Police report: enquiries into John Cleary who called at New York Herald offices to report a murder in Backchurch Lane on 8 Sept 1889
    Note: Folio No: 153-157
    Date: 1889 Sept 12
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record

    Reference: MEPO 3/140
    Description: Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Statement of Elizabeth Ryder who saw deceased on night of murder and later identified the body
    Note: Folio No: 276
    Date: 1889 July 22
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record

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    Reference:
    MEPO 3/140
    Description:
    Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Police report: appearance of William Brodie at Thames Police Court having been charged with "being a lunatic, wandering at large etc...", and being recharged on his own confession, with the murder of Alice McKenzie
    Note:
    Folio No: 288
    Date:
    1889 July 20
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record

    Reference:
    MEPO 3/140
    Description:
    Martha Tabram alias Turner (7 Aug 1888): Police report: identification of body and further enquiries into the murder
    Note:
    Folio No: 44-48
    Date:
    1888 Aug 16
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/140
    Description:
    Marie Jeanette Kelly (Mary Jane Kelly) (9 Nov 1888): Photograph of mutilated body at scene of murder
    Note:
    Folio No: 219
    Date:
    November 1888
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/140
    Description:
    Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: John Arnold's confession that it was he who reported the murder in Backchurch Lane to the New York Herald
    Note:
    Folio No: 160-164
    Date:
    1889 Sept 12
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 2/227
    Description:
    Strength and establishment: augmentation for Whitechapel murders
    Note:
    See Mepol 2/26
    Date:
    1889
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Former references:
    in its original department: ON 106858
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/141
    Description:
    Increase of police staff in Whitechapel: petition to Home Secretary from Whitechapel traders
    Note:
    Folio No: 136-137
    Date:
    1888 Oct
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/141
    Description:
    Prostitution in Whitechapel: police report resulting from Rev Barnett's allegations
    Note:
    Folio No: 145-147
    Date:
    1889 Aug 3
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/141
    Description:
    Letter from Godfrey Lushington to Commissioner of Metropolitan Police requesting a report on Whitechapel area
    Note:
    Folio No: 149
    Date:
    1888 Nov 29
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    HO 144/220/A49301A
    Description:
    CRIMINAL - A residuum of notes. See separate headings for COURTS, EXECUTIONS, EXTRADITION, LUNACY, PARDONS, PRISONS AND PRISONERS, ETC., ETC.: Whitechapel Murders. Various suggestions as to apprehension of culprit
    Date:
    1888-1892
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Former references:
    in its original department: A49301
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    HO 144/221/A49301D
    Description:
    CRIMINAL - A residuum of notes. See separate headings for COURTS, EXECUTIONS, EXTRADITION, LUNACY, PARDONS, PRISONS AND PRISONERS, ETC., ETC: Whitechapel Murders. Despatches from foreign countries regarding possible suspects
    Date:
    1888-1889
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Former references:
    in its original department: A49301D
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/141
    Description:
    Prostitution in Whitechapel: memorandum outlining Rev Barnett's allegations
    Note:
    Folio No: 139-144
    Date:
    1889 Aug 5
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/140
    Description:
    Marie Jeanette Kelly (Mary Jane Kelly) (9 Nov 1888): Statement by George Hutchinson, who spoke with the deceased on the night she was murdered
    Note:
    Folio No: 227-229
    Date:
    1888 Nov 12
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/140
    Description:
    Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: Police report: man reported to the New York Herald that a woman had been murdered in Backchurch Lane on 8 Sept 1889
    Note:
    Folio No: 151
    Date:
    1889 Sept 11
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/141
    Description:
    Newspaper extract relating to police enquiries. NOTE: date is estimated
    Note:
    Folio No: 185
    Date:
    Oct 1888
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record


    Reference:
    MEPO 3/140
    Description:
    Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: Sadler's intention to move residence
    Note:
    Folio No: 112
    Date:
    1893 Jan 2
    Held by:
    The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status:
    Public Record

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    • #3
      Ooooh very timely - am going to the National Archives next week on a family history expedition. I detect scope for side tracking. Thanks!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rbaynton View Post
        Ooooh very timely - am going to the National Archives next week on a family history expedition. I detect scope for side tracking. Thanks!
        You are very welcome :-)

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        Annie Chapman alias Siffey (8 Sept 1888): Police report: discovery of body and subsequent enquiries
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Annie Chapman alias Siffey (8 Sept 1888): Police report: discovery of body and subsequent enquiries. Folio No: 9-11.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        08 September 1888 - 08 September 1888
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Photograph of deceased
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Photograph of deceased. Folio No: 259A.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        01 January 1889 - 31 December 1889
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Annie Chapman alias Siffey (8 Sept 1888): Police report: enquiries made concerning Joseph Isenschmid
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Annie Chapman alias Siffey (8 Sept 1888): Police report: enquiries made concerning Joseph Isenschmid. Folio No: 21-23.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        17 September 1888 - 17 September 1888
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Annie Chapman alias Siffey (8 Sept 1888): Police report: piece of envelope found near body ...
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Annie Chapman alias Siffey (8 Sept 1888): Police report: piece of envelope found near body and subsequent enquiries. Folio No: 16.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        14 September 1888 - 14 September 1888
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: Plan ...
        ...Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: Plan of railway arches, Pinchin Street. Folio No: 124. ...
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        01 January 1889 - 31 December 1889
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime, Railways

        Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Police report: statement by George Dixon, a blind boy who ...
        ...Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Police report: statement by George Dixon, a blind boy who accompanied Mrs McKenzie into a public house near the Cambridge Music Hall. Folio No: 278. ...
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        24 July 1889 - 24 July 1889
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime, Disability, Performing arts, Art, architecture and design

        Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: Police ...
        ...Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Body of unknown woman found in Backchurch Lane, Cable Street on 10 Sept 1889: Police report: search for missing parts of body and enquiries made into identity of murdered woman. Folio No: 148-150. ...
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        11 September 1889 - 11 September 1889
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: Sadler's behaviour
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: Sadler's behaviour. Folio No: 94-95.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        01 January 1892 - 01 January 1892
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: Mrs Sadler's complaint of her husband assaulting her
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: Mrs Sadler's complaint of her husband assaulting her. Folio No: 92-93.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        16 December 1891 - 16 December 1891
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: inquest
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Frances Coles (13 Feb 1891): Police report: inquest. Folio No: 88-89.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        27 February 1891 - 27 February 1891
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Martha Tabram alias Turner (7 Aug 1888): Police report: discovery of body and description of ...
        ...Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Martha Tabram alias Turner (7 Aug 1888): Police report: discovery of body and description of deceased circulated for identification. Folio No: 34. ...
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        10 August 1888 - 10 August 1888
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Police report: discovery of body
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Police report: discovery of body. Folio No: 274.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        17 July 1889 - 17 July 1889
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Police report: discovery of body and description of deceased
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Alice McKenzie (17 July 1889): Police report: discovery of body and description of deceased. Folio No: 272-273.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        17 July 1889 - 17 July 1889
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Elizabeth Stride (29 Sept 1888): Police report: questioning of Israel Schwartz
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Elizabeth Stride (29 Sept 1888): Police report: questioning of Israel Schwartz. Folio No: 204-206.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        01 November 1888 - 01 November 1888
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

        Elizabeth Stride (29 Sept 1888): Police report: identification of body by Matthew Packer
        Metropolitan Police: Office of the Commissioner: Correspondence and Papers, Special Series. The Whitechapel Murders: `Jack the Ripper'. Elizabeth Stride (29 Sept 1888): Police report: identification of body by Matthew Packer. Folio No: 211.
        Collection:
        Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
        Date range:
        04 October 1888 - 04 October 1888
        Reference:
        MEPO 3/140
        Subjects:
        Crime

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