George Dixon was a blind 'boy' who had apparently accompanied Alice McKenzie to a pub near the Cambridge Music Hall on Commercial Street. It is said that Dixon heard McKenzie ask a man to buy her a drink.
Sergeant John McCarthy made enquiries to various pubs in the vicinity of the music hall, in particular the 'Royal Cambridge Tavern' next door, but the proprietors could not recall a woman with a blind boy going there, nor a woman asking a man for a drink, although they did not deny that it could have happened. There were no further leads from other public houses. It has been suggested that McKenzie and Dixon may have been in the 'Commercial Tavern' - this pub still stands at the junction of Commercial Street and Wheeler Street, opposite Commercial Street Police Station.
Another report by Sergeant McCarthy, oddly dated earlier (24th July) but attached to the previous one, revealed success in tracing Dixon:
"Referring to the attached I beg to report having seen the blind boy George Dixon at 29 Star Street, Commercial Road. He says he went with Mrs. McKenzie into a public house near the Cambridge Music Hall at about 10 minutes past 7 on Tuesday evening 16th. He heard Mrs. McKenzie ask someone if they would stand a drink and the reply was "yes". After remaining a few minutes Mrs. McKenzie led him back to 52 Gun St. & left him there. The boy Dixon says he would be able to recognise the voice of the person who spoke to Mrs. McKenzie in the public house."
A footnote to this report adds "I cannot think that the man who spoke to McKenzie at 7.10pm 16th had anything to do with the murder".
- Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopaedia, John J Eddleston (Metro 2002)
- Report of 27th July 1889, HO 3/140 f.277
- The London of Jack the Ripper: Then and Now, Robert Clack & Philip Hutchinson (Breedon 2007)
- Report of 24th July 1889, HO 3/140 f.278