Ripper victim, Mary (Polly) Nichols, ran into her friend, Ellen Holland at 2:30 a.m. On August 31, 1888. They talked for several minutes and Holland was to state after her death that Polly was drunk (casebook.org quotes Holland as saying “she was very drunk and staggered against the wall”) and told her that she had already made her doss money (for a bed) twice over (“Jack The Ripper: The Casebook”. Casebook.org and Prisoner 1167 say three times over) but had spent it on drink. Holland tried to persuade her to come back to the lodging house but she refused and headed down Whitechapel Road. Sometime In the next hour and ten minutes she was murdered.
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