QUICK FACTS
  1. In September, 1888, the police learned of a a potential suspect who was nicknamed "Leather Apron".
  2. According to the local prostitutes this sinister character was running an extortion racket amongst them.
  3. On 10th September, 1888, Sergeant William Thick arrested John Pizer, claiming that he was the notorious "Leather Apron."

LEATHER APRON

Newspaper illustrations of a suspect.

A SINISTER CHARACTER WHO PROWLS AFTER DARK

In early September, 1888, police enquiries amongst the local prostitutes turned up a potential suspect in the form of a sinister character whom the local streetwalkers had nicknamed "Leather Apron."

Apparently, this man was known to try to extort money from them by pulling out a knife and threatening to "rip them apart" unless they handed over what cash they had made in the course of their nighttime activities.

Thus began the hunt for "Leather Apron', a hunt that would end on 10th September, 1888, when Sergeant William Thick arrested John Pizer (also spelt Piser) maintaining that he was the man known in the district as "Leather Apron."

However, Pizer had alibis for the nights of the two most recent murders, and was soon ruled out as a suspect.

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