Unsolved Murders

Dora Kiernicke

Age: 29

Sex: female

Date: 30 Dec 1903

Place: 115 Whitfield Street, Tottenham Court Road, London

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Dora Kiernicke was found dead with her throat cut.

She was found bound and blind folded with her throat cut in her room although all of her money and jewellery was left where it was.

On the night of her murder she had gone home with a young man and had told a person that she had £8 2s 4d with her.

A Frenchman who lived in the basement said that he heard her come home at about 1am and later at about 6am he heard a woman cry as if in pain. He then heard a body fall and the sound of breaking glass like a lamp smashing. He then went upstairs and listened at her door and said he heard three long drawn breaths as of a person suffering.

When the police broke open her door they found her covered with a bedsheet up to her breast and blood all over the bed and floor.

They initially said that the furniture was all in good order and there was nothing to indicate a struggle and it was thought that she might have committed suicide using the glass from the lamp chimney which was broken. They had said that as she died slowly she could have cried out. However, they could not say definitely that the case was not murder. However other reports state that she was bound up and gagged as well as robbed. Other reports detail the fear that the murder caused in the local community as women huddled together and didn't go out in fear that another Jack The Ripper was about.

In 1905 a man in Vancouver made a written confession that he had killed Dora Kiernicke. However, he was a confirmed opium smoker he was apparently not in possession of all his faculties. Not clear what became of his confession.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 04 January 1904

see Leeds Mercury - Saturday 02 January 1904

see Leeds Mercury - Saturday 06 February 1904

see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Friday 12 May 1905

see Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 02 January 1904

see Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Tuesday 05 January 1904