Charles Cross

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Charles Cross

Charles Cross was a carman, of 22 Doveton Street, Bethnal Green. With Robert Paul, also a carman, they were the first people to see Mary Ann Nichols' body laying on the pavement in Buck's Row. She was the first widely accepted victim of Jack The Ripper.

It was 3.40am on Friday 31st August 1888, and with it still being dark they appeared to have missed Mary's horrific injuries. Mary Ann Nichols was lying on the pavement, on her back, with her skirts raised almost to her stomach.

After feeling her hands Charles Cross thought Mary was dead.

They reported their findings to PC Mizen 55H.