Mary Ann Polly Nichols, also known as the first Jack the ripper Victim.
It was on this date, August 31st 1888, that Mary Ann lost her life. She is known for being the first of 5 unfortunate victims to the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper is a brilliant case of “Who Dunnit?!” no-one has ever been able to completely pin point who Jack the Ripper actually was.
Mary Ann was a prostitute on the back streets of the East End of London. On the night of her death she was behind on rent and she was said to have been bragging to her landlord that her “new bonnet would earn her the money she needed”. She was last seen alive standing at the corner of Osborn Street and Whitechapel Road at approximately 02:30am which is said to have been one hour before her death by her roommate Emily Holland. To Holland her roommate had claimed that she had earned enough money to pay for her bed three times over that evening, but she had just spent the money on alcohol.
At about 3:40am, a cart driver named Charles Allen Lechmere discovered Mary Ann lying on the ground in front of a gated stable entrance in Buck Rows, her skirt was raised. Her throat had been slit twice from left to right and her abdomen mutilated with one deep jagged wound, there was several incisions across the abdomen and three or four similar cuts on the right side caused by the same knife. Due to lack of blood surrounding the body it is said that Nichols is suspected to have been moved from her original killing place.
Jack the Ripper took many lives and as I’ve spoken about before in a previous post of mine (https://dbbloggerxoxo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/march-28th-31st-1888/), Mary Ann may be known as the first “official” recorded victim, but, she may not have been the 1st actual victim to have fallen into the rippers hands.
With love, Charlotte x