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Jack the Ripper kills his first victim Mary Ann Nichols

A photograph showing a smashed beer bottle


‘Polly’ as she’s also known, is a 43 year-old divorced mother of five. She is also a thief, an alcoholic, a prostitute and in the early hours of this morning, she is homeless.

She goes to the corner of Whitechapel Road to prostitute herself and earn herself a bed for the night. Her body is discovered some time before four in the morning.

A long bladed knife had been used to violently cut her throat and slash her abdomen. There are no witnesses...