This Day in History – November 9th, 1888

350px-MaryKellyIn the 2001 motion picture From Hell actress Heather Graham portrays Mary Jane Kelly, who was also known as Marie Jeanette Kelly, “Black Mary,” “Fair Emma,” and “Ginger.” Kelly is regarded as being the fifth and final victim of Jack the Ripper after having being murdered on November 9th, 1888.

Kelly was about 25 years old, and living in poverty at the time of her death. Reports of the time estimated her height at 5 feet and 7 inches, and her hair color is somewhat uncertain as her various nicknames imply. She has been variously reported as being a blonde or redhead and “Black Mary” suggests a dark brunette. Her reported eye color was blue.

Detective Walter Dew, in his autobiography, claimed to have known Kelly well by sight and described her as “quite attractive” and “a pretty, buxom girl”. He said she always wore a clean white apron but never a hat. Sir Melville Macnaghten of the Metropolitan Police Force, who never saw her in the flesh, reported that she was known to have “considerable personal attractions” by the standards of the time. The Daily Telegraph of 10 November 1888 described her as “tall, slim, fair, of fresh complexion, and of attractive appearance.”

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