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1888

Aug 31, Mary Ann Nicholls, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found murdered in London’s East End. She is generally regarded as the first of at least five murder victims of “Jack the Ripper.”

1941

Aug 31, Marina Tsvetaeva (b.1892), Russian poet and writer, died. She wrote six plays in verse and narrative poems, including The Tsar Maiden (1920), and her epic about the Civil War, The Swans’ Encampment, which glorified those who fought against the communists.
1979

Aug 31, Sally Rand (b.1904), exotic dancer and actress, died.

1984

Aug 31, In southern California Ebora Alexander (57), the mother or 49ers star Kermit Alexander, was shot dead along with his sister and two nephews. Tiequon Cox, a member of the Rollin’ 60 Crips, was later convicted of the murders and sentenced to death. Two others were sentenced to life in prison.
1996

Aug 31, New York City police found the body of 4-year-old Nadine Lockwood in her family’s apartment; she’d been starved to death. The girl’s mother, Carla Lockwood, was later sentenced to serve at least 15 years in prison. Nadine’s father, Leroy Dickerson, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
2003

Aug 31, The burned body of Katie Sepich (22) was found at an old dump in Las Cruces, NM. She had been raped and strangled earlier that same day. In 2006 DNA evidence identified Gabriel Adrian Avila, already in prison for burglary and assault, as her killer.

2004

Aug 31, A woman strapped with explosives blew herself up outside a busy Moscow subway station, killing at least 10 people.

2012  

Aug 31, The Ohio state Dept. of Health said a woman’s death this week was related to H3N2v, a new strain of swine flu. 12 new cases were reported in the US during the week.

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