By Peter Thurgood
The identify Frederick George Abberline has develop into synonymous with that of Jack the Ripper, and he has been protrayed as every little thing from an alcoholic, a drug addict a womaniser and a bully. actually Abberline was once none of those yet in its place was once a loyal husband and a devoted policeman in a time or rampant corruption. additionally, the Whitechapel murders weren't the one infamous instances he labored on. From his humble origins as a clockmaker via to his emerging during the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, Abberline tells the tale of a guy who led one of the most notorious investigations in felony heritage. lengthy ahead of the Ripper, Abberline infiltrated an Irish terrorist crew referred to as the Fenians, prior to he grew to become embroiled within the Cleveland road Scandal - an incident that nearly introduced the govt to its knees. while he retired from the police on the age of forty nine, Abberline had acquired eighty-four commendations and awards - a testomony to his tenactiy and skill.
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This was denied by Lord Salisbury and the Attorney General, Sir Richard Webster. The Prince of Wales wrote to Lord Salisbury expressing satisfaction that Somerset had been allowed to leave the country, and asked that if Somerset should ever show his face in England again, he would remain unmolested by the authorities; however, Lord Salisbury was also being pressured by the police to prosecute Somerset. On 12 November, a warrant for Somerset’s arrest was finally issued. By this time, Somerset was already safely abroad and the warrant caught little public attention.
Frederick George Abberline was 46 years old at this time, and had been in the police force for twenty-six years. Described as medium height and build, with dark brown, thinning hair and a friendly disposition, he sometimes walked with a slight limp, especially during the summer months, due to a varicose vein on his left leg. Inspector Abberline wasted no time in organising the team appointed to him by Sir James Monro. He was determined to bring this case to a speedy conclusion. Armed with all the evidence acquired by PC Hanks, he quickly obtained two arrest warrants, the first being for the arrest of Charles Hammond, the owner of the brothel on Cleveland Street, and the second being for the arrest of 18-year-old Henry Newlove, who acted as a procurer for Hammond.
Unorthodox it may have been, but within hours, Newlove had made a fresh statement with a list of names that filled up nearly four pages. Most of the names were of unknown members of the public, but amongst them were some that stood out like proverbial sore thumbs, including Lord Arthur Somerset and the Earl of Euston, who were without a doubt no ordinary members of the public. Lord Somerset was the third son of the Eighth Duke of Beaufort, a much-decorated major in the Royal Horse Guards, and equerry to the Prince of Wales and superintendent of his stables.
Abberline. The Man Who Hunted Jack the Ripper by Peter Thurgood