Mrs. Paumier

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The junction of Widegate Street and Sandy's Row, 1912, where Mrs Paumier had her encounter.


Also known as Mrs. 'Pannier'[1]

According to a report in the Pall Mall Gazette, Mrs. Paumier met a suspicious character in Widegate Street on the morning of the Mary Jane Kelly murder:

A Mrs Paumier, a young woman who sells roasted chestnuts at the corner of Widegate-street, a narrow thoroughfare about two minutes' walk from the scene of the murder, told a reporter yesterday afternoon a story which appears to afford a clue to the murderer. She said that about 12 o'clock that morning a man dressed like a gentleman came to her, and said, "I suppose you have heard about the murder in Dorset-street?" She replied that she had, whereupon the man grinned, and said, "I know more about it than you." He then stared into her face and went down Sandy's-row, another narrow thoroughfare which cuts across Widegate-street. When he had got some way off, however, he looked back as if to see whether she was watching him, and then vanished. Mrs Paumier said the man had a black moustache, was about 5ft. 6in. high, and wore a black silk hat, a black coat, and speckled trousers. He also carried a black shiny bag about a foot in depth and a foot and a half in length. Mrs Paumier stated further that the same man accosted three young women whom she knows on Thursday night, and they chaffed him and asked what he had in the bag, and he replied, "Something that the ladies don't like." One of the three young women she named, Sarah Roney, a girl about twenty, states that she was with two other girls on Thursday night in Brushfield-street, which is near Dorset-street, when a man wearing a tall hat and a black coat, carrying a black bag, come up to her and said, "Will you come with me?" She told him she would not, and asked him what he had in the bag, and he said, "Something the ladies don't like." He then walked away.[2]

The above report was repeated almost verbatim in the Penny Illustrated Paper the following week.[3]


  1. Daily Telegraph, 10th November 1888
  2. Pall Mall Gazette, 10th November 1888
  3. Penny Illustrated Paper, 17th November 1888