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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Each of the 5 known Ripper victims of Whitechapel started out the day with money but spent the day drinking it all away and had to go out to the streets to make more in order to have money to pay for a bed in the various Common Lodging Houses, which rented out beds for one night at a time.
Each victim of Jack the Ripper was considerably drunk when he killed them.
Correction: The coroner found no sign of alcohol in Annie Chapman’s body and believed she had not consumed any alcohol within several hours before her death. I apologize for the inconsistency.