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On This Day… The From Hell Letter

Written by: George Chittenden : 15 Oct 2019

It was on this day, 15th Oct back in 1888 when a person claiming to be the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper posted a letter alongside half a human kidney. The Ripper had killed and mutilated at least five women in the Whitechapel area of London over a period of several months. Looking at the murders open-mindedly it’s possible there were more victims, and it’s also possible that the murders were the work of multiple killers, as the identity of the Ripper remains unknown.

The famous Jack the Ripper letter

The famous Jack the Ripper letter

The famous The "From Hell" was received on Oct 16th by George Lusk, the chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee. Over one-thousand letters were received from people claiming to be from the murderer, however the "From Hell" received lots of attention as it was considered to possibly be from the actual Ripper. So what did the letter say...

George Lusk, President of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee

George Lusk, President of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee

Mr Lusk,

Sir

I send you half the Kidney I took from one women preserved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nice. I may send you the bloody knife that took it out if you only wate a while longer

signed

Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk

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