Mary Jane Kelly

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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 by scholars to have been the final victim of the notorious unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper, who murdered at least five women in the Whitechapel and Spitalfields districts of London from late August to early November 1888. At the time of Kelly's death, she was approximately 25 years old, working as a prostitute and living in relative poverty.[2]

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Mary Jane Kelly
24 November 1888 Penny Illustrated Paper illustration of Kelly
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
Resting placeSt Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Leytonstone, London
51.557194°N -0°E / 51.557194; -0 (common grave)
Known forVictim of serial murder

Unlike the other four canonical Ripper victims—each of whom had been murdered outdoors and whose mutilations could have been committed within minutes—Kelly was murdered within the sparsely furnished single room she rented at 13 Miller's Court, affording her murderer an extensive period of time to eviscerate and mutilate her body. Kelly's body was by far the most extensively mutilated of the canonical victims, with her mutilations taking her murderer approximately two hours to perform.[3]

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