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Ripper victim, Polly Nichols took up residence with a religious and teetotal (don’t drink alcohol and don’t allow drinking in their house) couple working as a domestic servant but moved out three months later, stealing clothing worth 3 pounds, 10 shillings.
James Tully says in “Prisoner 1167: The Madman Who Was Jack The Ripper”, that she could have pawned it for enough alcohol to last a few weeks.

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After ripper victim, Polly Nichols’ estranged husband stopped her allowances in 1882, she spent the next twelve months in and out of Lambeth Workhouse. In March of 1883, she attempted to pull herself together and moved in with her father. Arguments ensued, and he was to testify that she “was not a particularly sober woman”, but that he “knew would (she) come to a bad end”. He also testified that he did not kick her out of his house but that she left on her own in May of 1883.

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At the time, the services of a destitute prostitute like Polly Nichols could be had for 2 or 3 pence or a stale loaf of bread. 3 pence was the going rate as that was the price of a large glass of gin.

Taken from casebook.org under “victims”-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.

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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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I apologize for the late posting of the Ripper fact.  Today was a crazy day and I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and do this.  My daughter sprained her ankle this morning, and her birthday is tomorrow.  At least she’ll remember it for years to come-and laugh, hopefully.

The victim, Polly Nichols evidently bought a hat the day she was murdered because she pointed it out to the deputy, who had told her to leave the lodging house if she could not pay for a bed.

” Never Mind!” She said, “I’ll soon get my doss money. See what a jolly bonnet I’ve got now,” thinking it would get her more service.

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