A definition of witness.


Resident Of Number 29 Hanbury Street

Amelia Richardson was a resident of number 29 Hanbury Street, in the back yard of which the body of Annie Chapman was discovered on Saturday, 8th September, 1888.

She was called to give evidence at the inquest into Annie's death, and appeared on Wednesday, 12th September, 1888.

The Globe, published a synopsis of her inquest testimony on Thursday, 13th September, 1888:-

Mrs. Amelia Richardson, a widow, living at 29, Hanbury-street, said she occupied the lower part of that house.

She was a packing-case maker, and her workshop was in the cellar. She employed her son and another man there.

On Saturday she sent her grandson, aged 14. years, down to see what caused the noise in the yard, and he came back immediately and said, "Oh, mother, there's woman murdered."

She went immediately, and saw the body of the deceased lying in the yard.

So tar as she knew, the constable was the first person to arrive in the yard.

She went to bed about half-past nine on Friday night, and lay awake half the night. She awoke at three o'clock, and only dozed after that. She heard no noise during that time.

An old man, a maker of lawn tennis boots, occupied the first floor back room, and his son slept with him. He was a weak-minded man, but inoffensive.

The witness gave an account of the other tenants in the house.

The front and back doors of the house were always left open. She was not afraid of the doors being left open, and was confident no one went through into the back yard early on Saturday morning, for, unless it was done very quietly, she must have heard it."

Source: The Globe, Thursday, 13th September, 1888.