George Collier, the deputy coroner, opened the proceedings at Martha Tabram's inquest, which was held in the library of the Working Lads’ Institute, Whitechapel Road.
At the opening of the inquest Martha still hadn't been identified. Different witnesses had provided different names.
In light of this and other potential uncertainties surrounding the case George Collier adjourned the inquest for two weeks.
George Collier is reported to have said: ‘It was one of the most dreadful murders anyone could imagine. The man must have been a perfect savage to inflict such a number of wounds on a defenceless woman in such a way'.