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ACS DB Catherine Eddowes

The murder of the supposed Catherine Eddowes

Catherine "Kate" Eddowes (14 April 1842 - 30 September 1888), also known as Kate Conway and Kate Kelly, was a prostitute known for being the fourth victim of the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper during the Whitechapel murders.

Biography

Catherine was born in Graisley Green, Wolverhampton, and had two successive common-law husbands. In 1881, while married to her second spouse, John Kelly, and living in Cooney's common lodging-house, Spitalfields, and unable to pay the rent, Eddowes took to prostitution in one of Lady Olwyn Owers' brothels.

Despite this, Catherine maintained a scholarly and jolly outlook in life, albeit with a fierce temper, as her friends described her.

On the afternoon of 30 September 1881, during the midst of the Whitechapel murders, the brutally mutilated supposed body of Catherine was discovered in Mitre Square, just hours after the body of Jack's third victim, Elizabeth Stride, was found. However, an investigation by Master Assassin Evie Frye suggested that the real Eddowes and Stride may have in fact survived, and that her brother Jacob–in an attempt to end Jack's reign of terror–had sent two of his Assassin initiates to take the intended victims place, due to the evidence of Assassin rings found in the crime scene.

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