The Whitechapel Demon’s Nationality:and Why He Commited the Murders.
by One Who Thinks He Knows
1 December 1888
Pall Mall Gazette.
In calmly reviewing the whole chain of facts connected with thesedaring and bloodthirsty atrocities, the ﬁrst thing which strikes one isthe fact that the murderer was kind enough to (so to speak) leave hiscard with the Mitre-square victim. But this most important clue tohis identity, which ‘he who runs may read’, seems to have bafﬂed thecombined intellects of all grades of the police. This admits of no question,because we ﬁnd in all the journals a note from Sir C. Warren to the effectthat
no language or dialogue is known in which the word “Jews” is spelt“Juwes”.’O! most sapient conclusion! Let us see what
can make of theword.It will be remembered that a chalk inscription (which it is not deniedwas written by the murderer) was found on the wall in Mitre-square, justabove the body of the murdered woman. It ran as follows: ‘The Juwes arethe men who will not be blamed for nothing’, and was evidently intendedto throw suspicion on the Jews. This writing was seen by the police bymeans of artiﬁcial light, and was unfortunately obliterated by them beforedaylight.
Hinc illae lachrymae.
Why did the murderer spell the word Jews ‘Juwes’? Was it that he wasan uneducated Englishman who did not know how to spell the word; washe in reality an ignorant Jew, reckless of consequences and glorying in hisdeeds; or was he a foreigner, well accustomed to the English language, but