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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
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18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
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The infamous Lipski acid murder
Infamous Israel Lipski acid murder happened here.
Location: 16 Batty Street, Whitechapel
Description: It's at 16 Batty Street that the infamous Israel Lipski murder happened in 1887. A failing umbrella stick salesman named Israel Lipski forced nitric acid down the throat of a fellow boarder as she lay in bed on the second floor. The trial was a sensation and, even with intervention from rabbis and MPs, Lipski was hanged within a month. This murder set off a wave of antisemitism and the name 'Lipski' became a antisemetic slur throughout the east end.