Catherine Eddowes

Catherine Eddowes

Catherine Eddowes

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Catherine (Kate) Eddowes (14 April 1842 – 30 September 1888) was one of the victims in the Whitechapel murders. She was the second person killed on the night of Sunday 30 September 1888, a night which already had seen the murder of Elizabeth Stride less than an hour earlier. These two murders are commonly referred to as the "double event" and have been attributed to the mysterious serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

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Eddowes, also known as "Kate Conway" and "Kate Kelly", after her two successive common-law husbands, was born in Graisley Green, Wolverhampton on 14 April 1842. Her parents, tinplate worker George Eddowes and his wife Catherine née Evans, had ten other children. The year after her birth, she and her family moved to London, but she later returned to Wolverhampton to gain employment as a tin plate stamper. Losing this job she took up with an ex-soldier called Thomas Conway in Birmingham and moved with him to London. By him she had three children: a girl and two boys. Taking to drink, she split from the family in 1880 and a year later was living with a new partner named John Kelly at Cooney's common lodging-house at 55 Flower and Dean Street, Spitalfields, at the centre of London's most notorious criminal rookery. Here she took to casual prostitution to pay the rent.Paul Begg (2006) Jack the Ripper: The Facts: 166–167; Jerry White (2007)......
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