By Peter Thurgood
The identify Frederick George Abberline has develop into synonymous with that of Jack the Ripper, and he has been protrayed as every thing from an alcoholic, a drug addict a womaniser and a bully. actually Abberline was once none of those yet as an alternative used to be a faithful husband and a devoted policeman in a time or rampant corruption. in addition, the Whitechapel murders weren't the single infamous circumstances he labored on. From his humble origins as a clockmaker via to his emerging during the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, Abberline tells the tale of a guy who led one of the most notorious investigations in felony historical past. lengthy sooner than the Ripper, Abberline infiltrated an Irish terrorist team referred to as the Fenians, earlier than he grew to become embroiled within the Cleveland road Scandal - an incident that just about introduced the govt to its knees. while he retired from the police on the age of forty nine, Abberline had bought eighty-four commendations and awards - a testomony to his tenactiy and talent.
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Crime figures at that time were shown to be falling in the Metropolitan area, but, as Abberline soon discovered, this was due to statistics being manipulated to show favourable figures for the police force. During his second week on the force, Abberline was sent out with another officer to investigate an alleged theft of several items of jewellery from a house near Upper Street, Islington. There was no doubt in Abberline’s mind that this was a straight forward case of burglary, as a back door had been forced open from the outside and the thieves had left two sets of muddy footprints coming into the house from the backyard.
With this ongoing rift between Monro and Warren, Monro decided to go for what some say he saw as a soft option: a name that everyone would recognise, but without any of the controversies attached that a more senior officer such as Macnaghten would possibly bring to the case with him. He announced, without delay, the appointment of Inspector First Class Frederick George Abberline to the case. Abberline had previously worked at Scotland Yard for almost a year, until September 1888, when he, along with several other officers, were drafted into H Division, Whitechapel, East London, working on the infamous Jack the Ripper case.
Inspector Abberline knew how important the book was to his case, and had kept it under lock and key, in the safe of his office at Scotland Yard, since he had first found it. He took the book out of the safe and placed it in a box, along with other written evidence referring to the case. The box was then tied and secured with sealing wax, and sent by special courier to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. After waiting several days, Abberline started to become impatient and sent a message, asking what the Prime Minister thought of the documents.