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Halloween Countdown, Day 1

Welcome to this year's Halloween Countdown!

On this day in 1888, the morning issue of London's Daily News printed the text of a message allegedly written by the serial killer who was terrorizing Whitechapel at the time. The missive later became known as the "Dear Boss Letter," and it remains significant because it was the first time the name "Jack the Ripper" was given to the murderer. The letter had been postmarked and received on September 27 by the Central News Agency of London. The letter read as follows (sic):

Dear Boss,
I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits. I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled. Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now. I love my work and want to start again. You will soon hear of me with my funny little games. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope ha. ha. The next job I do I shall clip the ladys ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn't you. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife's so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck. Yours truly
Jack the Ripper
Dont mind me giving the trade name
PS Wasnt good enough to post this before I got all the red ink off my hands curse it No luck yet. They say I'm a doctor now. ha ha


Text of the Day: Today's text of the day is a disturbing short story by French author Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), set in the very streets Jack the Ripper walked: "A Night in Whitechapel."

Excerpt: At first we tried to note these things exactly in our memory, but there were so many of them, and our brains got muddled so quickly, that just then we had no very clear recollection of anything or anybody. Even objects immediately before us passed by in vague, dusky phantasmagoria, confounded with things farther away in an inextricable manner. The world became a sort of kaleidoscope to us, seen in a dream through the penumbra of an aquarium.

Suddenly we were roused from this state of somnolence, awakened as if by a blow on the chest, forced to fix our attention on what we saw, for, amid this whirl of strange sights, one stranger than all attracted our eyes, and seemed to say: “Look at me.”

It was at the open door of a public house. A ray of light streamed into the street through the half-open door, and the revealing ray fell right on to the specter that had just risen up there, dumb and motionless.

It was indeed a pitiful and terrible specter, and, above all, most real, as it stood out boldly against the dark background of the street, which it made darker still!

Read the Complete Short Story: Here

jack the ripper 9 Pictures, Images and Photos



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 1st, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
A couple of items which may be of interest:

Mike, Kevin, and Bill have recently released a Rifftrax for The Hunger Games.

You remember last April when I mentioned Nyarko-san, aka the series about a guy whose girlfriend is Nyarlathotep? Assuming that didn't cause you to join Mr. Joshi in a corner to curl up and sob quietly, a second season has been greenlit.
Oct. 2nd, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! You always know the coolest things. Thanks for this!

Assuming that didn't cause you to join Mr. Joshi in a corner to curl up and sob quietly

ROFLOL! Now there's a mental picture...

Glad to hear it got the green light!
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Oct. 2nd, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
It's that time of the year again! Can it be possible a whole year has gone by already?! What in the world...

Perfect way to start it off with the Ripper himself. :D
Looking forward to each day.


Oct. 2nd, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: YAY!
I know! It seems crazy, doesn't it? Where did the time go?

So glad you liked this kick-off post. Thanks so much for joining me again this year, my friend! It wouldn't be the Halloween season without you.

Huge hugs to you!
Oct. 1st, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)

Um... Not about Jack the Ripper, but it being October 1st and your posts have begun. :)))
Oct. 2nd, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
YAY! 'Tis the season, my friend!
Oct. 1st, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
At last, let the chills and thrills begin! Love your countdown to Halloween :)

Edited at 2012-10-01 10:40 pm (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! Happy chilling and thrilling! :) I hope you enjoy.
Oct. 2nd, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
What a strange story. And the letter is somewhat suspect, I think, as the writer clearly had no idea that blood would coagulate, and isn't it generally accepted that the murderer must have had some medical, even surgical knowledge? But that wouldn't stop idiots from trying to claim credit of course.
Oct. 2nd, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
Isn't it a bizarre story? Unsettling, I'd say.

I definitely agree about the letter. (If anyone would know about blood coagulating, you'd think it would be this guy...) I think the current prevailing theory is that this was written by a newspaper journalist - perhaps, some say, at the direction of his editor - in order to boost sales and maintain the public's thirst for more coverage. Talk about "if it bleeds, it leads"!

It makes you wonder how badly the letter hampered the investigation of the police detectives. It sparked hundreds of copycat letters, and sifting through all of that (probably false) evidence required a number of valuable man hours. *wince*
Oct. 2nd, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it did hamper the investigation. Think of all the false leads!
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