Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 45 )
Then at about 3.20 a.m. on Friday morning she appeared, staggering down the row, bouncing on and off the walls, obviously the worse for drink, taking her miserable life would be easy.
I came out of the shadows, walked towards her, lifted her chin and with one slice slit her throat. I lowered her to the pavement and stabbed and cut her several times in the abdomen. It was not my most skilled handiwork, but time was pressing, I had to make good my escape, before the Police arrived again, they were almost due. With regret, I left her for dead I pray that she was.
According to the following days Journal, I had made my escape in the nick of time. ‘Polly’s body was discovered by Charles Cross, a carman on his way to work, He notices one of his workmates Robert Paul, who he summons, ‘Come on and look over here, there’s a woman?’
Cross believes she is dead, her hands and face are cold, but her upper arms and legs are still warm. Paul thinks he can feel a very faint heartbeat, ‘I think she’s breathing, but it’s very little if she is.’
The two men agree that they don’t want to be late for work, so they adjust ‘Polly’s’ skirt so that she looks decent and decide to alert the first Policeman that they meet on their way. They eventually meet P.C. Jonas Mizen at the junction of Hanbury Street and Bakers Row and tell him of their discovery.
(C) Damian Grange 2018