Official report by inspector M. Sheridan
4th of August, in the Year of
Our Lord 1887
The Yard had received various complaints from citizens of good
standing concerning a wild man with red, glowing eyes. A statement by a
girl-of-pleasure named 'Peggy' provided a lead to an address in the
White Chapel district. I, Inspector Mycroft Sheridan, was charged with
Upon arriving at the supplied address (21, St. Mark street), I
carefully examined the surroundings. Of immediate note was that the front door
of the derilect building would pose no hindrance to any would-be
attackers. After having taken the scene and possible escape routes into
account, I proceeded to enter the premises.
The body of a thin young female, approx. 4 ft. 10 in height, dark-red,
curly hair, was lying in the kitchen. The terrified expression on the
face and the lack of any wounds or other signs of a cause of death might
indicate the woman died of fright. Judging by the state of the food she
had been cooking, she had died approximately 10-12 hours before my
At this moment I assembled a team of street officers to take care of
the body and keep the order. I proceeded with my investigation in search
of a possible escape route. Despite the heavy traffic in the area, I
managed to locate two imprints. These imprints seem to vaguely resemble
a pair of strange horseshoes.
As no further clues were forthcoming, I left sgt. Kevin Mcbride in
charge of the scene and proceeded to the Yard to order my notes. Later
in the evening, at my residence, I was visited by mr. Kingsford and his
sister-in-law, the widow Kingsford-Rumsby. They had heard disturbing
tales concerning a wild man (which was described to them as 'a devil')
with red glowing eyes in Hyde park, near the bend of the pond.
This story was further substantiated by the nanny of my niece. My
niece had had a most unpleasant experience in the exact same area. I
resolved to forge the iron when it's hot, and so let out my guests and
set forth to Hyde park.
After a diligent scrutiny of the area near the pond in Hyde park, I
had uncovered similar imprints to the ones described earlier. There were
once again two imprints near eachother. Further exploration led to the
discovery of another set of imprints, roughly 10 yards further. A
painstaking investigation of the intermediate terrain did not result in
any additional prints, so I continued with the assumption that whatever had
made the first set of imprints had arrived at the location of the second
imprints without touching the ground in between.
Captain, at this point it becomes clear that
whatever made those imprints is neither man nor beast. This is the
reason I have marked this report classified.
Given the assumption, I was able to more quickly locate the next pair
of imprints. This also lend credit to the hypothesis that the creature
moved around by jumping. I was able to follow its tracks towards the
London Zoo. Upon enquiry, the guard explained that at night the animals
had become restless of late. The racket would be started by the
chimpansees, which caused a cascade reaction. According to the guard
these disturbances did not occur in a regular pattern.
In front of the chimpansee cage, there were again imprints. Given my
previous estimates of its capabilities, it seemed probable that the
creature had entered the chimpansee resort -- which could explain the
sudden nightly restlessness of the animals. I therefore proceeded to
enter the resort and conduct a search.
This is where it gets weird, Captain. I think it is best
that the exact circumstances are not disclosed, but that a general
statement is made that "Scotland Yard has looked into the matter and has
taken several measures to deal with the situation".
While following the tracks, I was suddenly attacked from behind. I
managed to throw off my assaillant, and found to my surprise mr.
Kingsford and his sister-in-law in the cage, attacking my assaillant.
Needless to say, this awoke the chimpansees and we found ourselves in a
battle of noise as well as a physical one.
That woman can throw a punch Captain! She smacked
the creature right to the other side of the cage! I was glad she was on
We were able to inflict considerable damage upon our assaillant, a
strange creature matching the description concerning the 'devil man'.
Each time a wound was inflicted, the creature's response seemed normal
(i.e. slump, lose strength), but it was as if the creature was
reinvigorated by the cacaphony. We were able to remove the creature from
the chimpansees resort, and found it much more susceptible to our blows
from that point on.
mrs. Kingsford-Rumsby actually threw the beast out
the cage Captain! And he weighed more than a bag of peanuts, I can tell
With the assistance of mr. Kingsford I was able to defeat the beast.
I began to foresee problems with the resolution of this case, so I
decided to put the carcass of the creature in a large sack, added
several stones to increase the weight and sank it of into the
This concludes the events pertaining to this case.