The case I am trying to investigate which you can see on the link I posted , caught my eye for a lot of reasons. First of all it seemed like something from a gothic horror film it was so gory , and of course it was big news back in the 1890s but then conveniently was hushed up. The more I looked into it the more loose ends to the story there were.
Basically, the police found in the course of their investigations that the sender of the package was an unnamed wealthy aristocratic young woman in the West End of London.
When she was interrogated by the police she at first denied any knowledge of it and then said her brother who had died a few years previously was a doctor who kept human anatomical specimens and that it must have come from him. But her account doesn’t really make any sense at all.
The question is what were her motivations , was she a lover (or victim) of the officer who had become pregnant and decided on this elaborate and sadistic form of revenge that would destroy his reputation socially ? was she angry at the social stigma she would have recieved in high class society as a single mother? Or was she a member of one of the many Victorian occultist societies which were almost exclusively composed of members from the upper and upper middle classes ?
It turns out that the commanding officer of the barracks it was sent to was a decorated millitary man and also an explorer who had been pretty much all over Africa and Asia and was kind of rumoured to be into the occult. After the discovery and the initial news reports the officer was posted to a different barracks in Dublin , Ireland which was then under the yoke of the British empire. This suggests to me that his posting elsewhere was a classic Victorian attempt to hush things up and avoid further scandals.
Ultimately both the officer and the mysterious West end aristocratic lady got off the hook for this. My guess is that it was probably down to the fact that they were both from the upper classes. Because if the same thing had been done by a working class lady she would have been given the death sentence and hung in prison or sent to the lunatic asylum which was pretty much a socially polite death sentence anyway because conditions were horrific and inmate mortality rates were exceptionally high.