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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The "From Hell" letter. By Jack the Ripper.

The "From Hell" letter. By Jack the Ripper.
On October 16th George Lusk, the president of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, received a three-inch-square cardboard box in his mail. Inside was half a human kidney preserved in wine, along with the following letter. Medical reports carried out by Dr. Openshaw found the kidney to be very similar to the one removed from Catherine Eddowes, though his 
findings were inconclusive either way. The letter read as follows:

From hell
Mr Lusk,

I send you half the Kidne I took from one women prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise. I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer signed

Catch me when you can Mishter Lus

Though many hundreds of letters claiming to be from the killer were posted at the time of the Ripper murders, many researchers argue that the "From Hell" letter is one of a handful of possibly authentic writings received from the murderer. Its author did not sign it with the pseudonym "Jack the Ripper", distinguishing it from the earlier "Dear Boss" letter, the "Saucy Jack" postcard, and their imitators. The "From Hell" letter is also written at a much lower literacy level than the other two.

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