Friend of Alice McKenzie and a witness at her inquest.
I have known the deceased for 15 years. Between 11:30 and 12 o'clock on Tuesday night I saw the deceased and was speaking to her. I was sitting with two others on the steps of a house at the top of Flower and Dean-street. Deceased was passing and going in the direction of Brick-lane and Whitechapel. We exchanged a few words. I do not think she was under the influence of drink. I have often seen her out as late as that, as she did domestic work for the Jews. I did not see her speak to anyone in Brick-lane on Tuesday night. The only name I knew her by was Alice. I knew she was living in Gun-street with a man that I knew by the name of Bryant. It was the same one that gave evidence yesterday. I have never seen her talking with other men. She worked hard for the Jews and they do not give much. It had just begun to rain when deceased passed.
The two other women present were Catherine Hughes and Sarah Mahoney.
Franklin also gave a statement to Sergeant Pearse CID on 22nd July 1889:
I live at 56 Flower and Dean, I have known the deceased woman about 14 or 15 years in the neighbourhood I cannot say if she was married, but she used to live with a blind man, I have only known her as 'Alice'.
I was sitting on a door-step in Brick Lane on Tuesday 16th when I saw her passing toward Whitechapel about 20 minutes to 12. I asked her how she was getting on, she said "All right I can't stop now". She did not appear to have been drinking. She was wearing a shawl I did not see her again. It commenced to rain slightly just after she left us.
- Inquest report, The Times, 19th July 1889
- HO 3/140, f.275