On January 20, 1910 a horrifying murder was discovered that was compared to those committed in London a few years before, one of the headlines in the local papers was "Chicago Fiend Second White Chapel Ripper". Little did the police or the public know that this grisly crime was only the beginning.
The year was 1910, only a few years before, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of killing her parents and Jack the Ripper had stalked the streets of London. Closer to home H. H. Holmes had lured his victims who were visiting Chicago to his notorious Murder Castle and swung from the gallows in 1896.
The following is one of the stories that details the story of this horrid discovery on a very cold winter day in the Windy City:
Found in a room over the saloon of James Seeley at 1702 Armour Avenue, one of the most horrifying murders in the history of Chicago was revealed shortly before noon today when the body of Anna Furlong, a young woman, decapitated and disemboweled, was found in a flat on the South Side.
Anna was later identified as Jennie Cleghorn. Rooming houses above saloons were brothels, and as observed by the police officers who visited the scene she appeared to come from a genteel background. Witnesses who knew her said that she had described where she had once possessed considerable property in Englewood, which her husband had made her convert into cash, after which he abandoned her for another woman. She was deserted by former friends and drifted to the underworld of St. Louis and there she remained until five or six months before her murder when she had moved to Chicago.
Jennie's scalped hair was found done up in bedclothes that lay in a corner of the room, and on January 24 Jennie’s head was found in a vacant lot at 251 Armour Ave, where the police believe it had been thrown since the day of the murder.
Once the doctors had a chance to examine the body they concluded that the heart and organs had been cut out and then replaced into the body's cavity again.
Shortly after the murder, the police was considering several of the visitor or roomers as suspects and detained them, even going to Louisville to bring one of them back to Chicago. Eventually they were all released, and the police had no leads, but that changed a few months later, when another murder was committed.
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