Louis Robinson

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Police Constable Louis Frederick Robinson, 931 City. Name also spelt 'Lewis'[1].

Witness at Catherine Eddowes' inquest.

Born c.1865, Therfield, Hertfordshire[2]. Joined City of London Police in 1886 (warrant no. 5921). Retired 1912 (as PC303C Bishopsgate).[3]

Robinson was on duty in Aldgate High Street at 8.30pm, 29th September 1888, when he saw a crowd of people outside No.29. On investigation he discovered that the crowd had gathered around Catherine Eddowes who was lying drunk on the pavement. Nobody knew who she was or where she lived and she appeared to be unaccompanied.

He picked her up and moved her against some shutters and she promptly fell sideways; she smelt strongly of drink. Robinson received assistance from PC George Simmons and they took Eddowes to Bishopsgate Police Station. On asking her name, she replied "nothing" and she was then placed in the cells. The last time Robinson saw her was in the cells at 8.50pm, same evening. He remarked that she was wearing an apron and was able to identify it when it was produced at the inquest.[4]


  1. The Times, 12th October 1888
  2. Census reports 1891
  3. The Jack the Ripper A-Z, Paul Begg, Martin Fido, Keith Skinner (Headline 1996)
  4. Coroner's inquest (L), 1888, No.135, Catherine Eddowes Inquest, 1888 (Corporation of London Record Office)