Death Anniversaries

The British press is, of course, busy getting all overexcited about one particular death that happened on this date. But there’s another, to my mind far more interesting, death anniversary today.

It was 119 years today that the body of Mary Ann Nichols (usually know as Polly Nichols) was found in Buck’s Row, London. Nichols is generally accepted as the first victim of Jack the Ripper. The deaths of the other four victims followed over the next ten weeks. I’ll note the anniversaries as they arrive.

Years ago I was planning to organise a walking tour of all of the sites associated with the Ripper murders. Currently I’m working within walking distance of most of them. I’ve really got no excuse for not getting on with that.

Maybe I’ll have something ready in time for the 120th anniversary next year.

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