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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.

Jack The Ripper - Eyewitness Accounts

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


Read more about the alleged Ripper letters here at Casebook: Jack the Ripper.


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Oct. 1st, 2013 10:41 am (UTC)
Ooh, good way to start of the season! I know we've probably had worse serial killers since, but there's something about this one that chills the blood.
Oct. 1st, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
There really is something about this case that's still terrifying, isn't there? I'm glad I'm not alone in finding that to be so.

And thanks! There's more to come - the "official" Halloween countdown starts with the next post in just a minute. :)
Oct. 1st, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
he seems a demon who should have only existed in fiction......alas, too many devils out there who surpass anything upon the page.....
Oct. 1st, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
True words indeed!
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Oct. 1st, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! You're so funny! ;)
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