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    This report intrigued me:-

    Dundee Courier
    4 October 1888
    CONTEMPLATED RAIDS ON THE SLUMS.
    There is a general belief among local detectives in the East End that the murderer or murderers are lurking in some of the dangerous dens of the low slums which abound in close proximity to the scene of the murders. Houses supposed to be bolted up for the night have been found to possess secret means of entrance. The house in which Annie Chapman was found is said to have had this secret means of entrance. The police are said to be contemplating a series of raids on the dens known to contain the most dangerous and desperate characters with the view of affording a clue to the perpetrators of the recent atrocities.

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    Originally posted by Chris Scott View Post
    This report intrigued me:-

    Dundee Courier
    4 October 1888
    CONTEMPLATED RAIDS ON THE SLUMS.
    There is a general belief among local detectives in the East End that the murderer or murderers are lurking in some of the dangerous dens of the low slums which abound in close proximity to the scene of the murders. Houses supposed to be bolted up for the night have been found to possess secret means of entrance. The house in which Annie Chapman was found is said to have had this secret means of entrance. The police are said to be contemplating a series of raids on the dens known to contain the most dangerous and desperate characters with the view of affording a clue to the perpetrators of the recent atrocities.
    Isn't the answer to this that the street door to 29 Hanbury Street was always open, and that the front and back doors were always unlocked? No mystery there.

    Chris
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    • #3
      I'd've thought the same, gents, but may this be hinting at something akin to a trick to open the door, rather like Miller's Court?

      PHILIP
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      • #4
        Originally posted by George Hutchinson View Post
        I'd've thought the same, gents, but may this be hinting at something akin to a trick to open the door, rather like Miller's Court?

        PHILIP
        Hi Philip

        We'll have to try that secret masonic handshake next time we meet.

        Chris
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        • #5
          The following short snippet is from a much larger article on the East End Murders and was found in the Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, Tuesday, October 2nd 1888.

          The article features a theory that the murderer had a secret place, possibly a cellar, at which he dealt with his victims.

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          • #6
            The same report, published by Chris, appeared in the Aberdeen Weekly Journal, Birmingham Daily Post, The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post, and numerous others on the same date.

            The Daily News, also published the same day adds,

            It has been ascertained by the detectives that the house in Hanbury-street where Annie Chapman was discovered murdered had a bolt with a secret string, and this fact is believed to have been known to the deceased.

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            • #7
              Hi all

              I wonder if those newspaper reports don't actually belong in the category of Least Reputable Newspaper Sources being discussed on another thread?

              Vide the Chapman inquest testimony as reported in The Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, September 11, 1888, Page 3:

              John Davies [Davis] deposed: I am a carman employed at Leadenhall Market. I have lodged at 29, Hanbury-street for a fortnight, and I occupied the top front room on the third floor with my wife and three sons, who live with me. . . . The house faces Hanbury-street, with one window on the ground floor and a front door at the side leading into a passage which runs through into the yard. There is a back door at the end of this passage opening into the yard. Neither of the doors was able to be locked, and I have never seen them locked.

              Asked and answered!!!

              Chris
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              • #8
                This nudged a childhood memory for me. For years my sister-in-law's mum, who lived next door, had a secret string method for us to open the always locked front door. It was a Yale lock with string tied to the knob. One reached through the letter box and pulled the string. Unfortunately that same secret string method was used to burgle the house while we were all attending Nan's funeral. We all had keys cut after that.

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