This site will feature Bible-based articles some days, silly posts and quotes at least twice a week and facts about Jack the Ripper-to begin with.

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Around 3:40 a.m. On August 31, 1888, a carman named Charles Cross was on his way to work and saw a bundle across the street. As he went to inspect it, and noticed it was a woman, another carman, named Robert Paul’s footsteps could be heard behind him. He turned and called the man over and they inspected the body together. Her hands and face were cold but the upper part of her arms and legs were still warm. Paul saw that she was breathing, “…very little if she is,” and he wanted to sit her up. Cross thought they should not move her and they rearranged her skirts, which had been pulled up to her stomach, to give her some decency, before going to find a policeman to report their discovery.
When Dr. Llewellyn arrived at the scene, (casebook.org says around 3:50), he pronounced her dead and by a few minutes. (casebook.org) The body was later identified as Polly Nichols.

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Ripper victim, Mary (Polly) Nichols, was 43 years old but looked ten years younger. She was 5 feet 2 inches tall with grey eyes and greying brown hair. Her two front teeth were missing and had a scar on her forehead from a childhood accident. She had been married to William Nichols and had five children with him but they had separated because of her drinking problem. He had custody of the children and was paying her 5 shillings per week until he discovered that she was working as a prostitute and spending the money she earned and her 5 shillings on drink.

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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.

Jack The Ripper Fact-Fridays

Warning: May not be for the faint of heart. Injuries listed.
Ripper victim, Mary Nichols, also known as Polly, had a slight cut on her tongue, a bruise on the lower jaw of the right side of her face-possibly from a blow from a fist or pressure from a thumb (holding her head still while slitting her throat? My thought), a circular bruise on the left side of the face-possibly by pressure of the fingers, a 4-inch incision on the left side of the neck immediately below the ear, a circular incision 3 inches below the right jaw that severed the tissues down to the vertebrae, severing of the large vessels of the neck on both sides-8 inches long, a jagged wound along the left side of the lower abdomen that cut through the tissues, 3 or 4 cuts running downward on the right side, and two deep stab wounds to the genitals-all caused by a knife violently.
Dr. Rees Ralph Llewellyn pronounced her dead after a brief examination at the scene and stated the she was killed where she lay. He also said that a wine glass and a half of blood was in the gutter at her side. All wounds were believed to have been made by the same instrument.

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