Profession: First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Why Famous: One of the Whitechapel murder victims. Her death has been attributed to the notorious unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper.
Biography: Mary Ann Nichols (1845-1888) was the first victim of the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. Like the other four victims, Mary Ann was a prostitute working in the Whitechapel area of London when she was murdered during the early hours of August 30 1888.
She was last seen alive at 2.30am, then just over an hour later her body was found with a slit throat and various slashes down and across on her abdomen. This corpse was the least mutilated of Jack the Ripper’s five victims, which increased in brutality as they continued.
A letter claiming to be from the killer described the murder as “grand work”. Scotland Yard’s best detectives were stumped but the media speculation was wild. The killer was never caught. (OnThisDay.com)
- 1864-01-16 White chapel murder victim and possible Jack the Ripper victim Mary Ann Nichols (18) weds printer's machinist William Nichols
- 1888-08-31 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, is found in Whitechapel in London's East End