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Friday, August 31, 2007
Polly Nichols
Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols was born on August 26, 1845 to Edward and Caroline Walker. In January of 1864, she married William Nichols, a printer's machinist. The couple had five children before the marriage broke up. William paid her a weekly allowance for a few years until rumors reached him that she was living with a man, then stopped. After that, she lived mostly in workhouses and boardinghouses, occasionally earning small amounts working as a prostitute. At one point, she moved in with her father, but soon moved out over a difference of opinion. She was known to be a heavy drinker and often intoxicated.

This Day in History: On August 31, 1888, Polly Nichols was murdered in London. Having not lived a particularly exemplary life, what is it about her that makes history remember her?

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2 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said...
her death was related to Jack the Ripper(murders of prostitutes)

robynl

Anonymous Anonymous said...
[edit] The canonical five victims
The most widely accepted list, referred to as the canonical five, includes the following five prostitutes (or presumed prostitute in Eddowes' case) in the East End of London: of which Mary Ann "Polly" was one of them.

robynl

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