Mary Jane Kelly

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Mary Jane Kelly
Mary Jane Kelly.jpg
24 November 1888 Penny Illustrated Paper illustration of Kelly
Bornc. 1863
Died9 November 1888 (aged about 25)
Miller's Court, Spitalfields, London, England
Cause of deathHaemorrhage due to severance of the carotid artery[1]
Body discovered13 Miller's Court, Dorset Street, Spitalfields, London
51°31′7.16″N 0°4′30.47″W / 51.5186556°N 0.0751306°W / 51.5186556; -0.0751306 (Site where Mary Jane Kelly body was found in Spitalfields)
Resting placeSt Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Leytonstone, London
51°33′26″N 0°00′00″E / 51.557194°N -0°E / 51.557194; -0 (common grave)
Known forVictim of serial murder

Mary Jane Kelly (c. 1863 – 9 November 1888), also known as Marie Jeanette Kelly, Fair Emma, Ginger, Dark Mary and Black Mary, is widely believed to have been the last victim of the unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper murdered at least five women in the Whitechapel and Spitalfields districts of London between late August and early November 1888. When she was killed, Kelly was about 25 years old, working as a prostitute and living in relative poverty.[2]

The other four victims were different: they had been killed outside. Their mutilations could have been done within minutes. Kelly was murdered inside, in the room that she rented at 13 Miller's Court. This gave her muderer a lot more time to mutilate her. Her murderer disemboweled her as well. Kelly's body was the most mutilated one of all the confirmed victims. Her murderer needed about two hours to perform these mutilations.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mary Jane Kelly". 2 April 2004. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  2. Eddleston, Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopedia p. 197
  3. "On This Day in 1888: Jack the Ripper Claims His First Victim in The World's Most Infamous Unsolved Murder Spree". The Daily Telegraph. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2020.