September 27th, 1888, The First Jack The Ripper Letter Was Received

"Dear Boss"

"Dear Boss" was the words that opened the infamous letter, supposedly penned by the unknown madman who called himself Jack The Ripper. An unknown serial killer who murdered women in the Whitechapel district of London.


On September 27th, 1888 the letter was received by the Central News Agency in London. The letter itself was reportedly written on September 25th. Almost a month after the first Jack The Ripper slaying, and 17 days after the second.


Those first two victims were Mary Ann Nichols and Annie Chapman.

What follows is the letters contents


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


Creepy, right?


Three days after this letter was received. The Ripper claimed his third and fourth victim in a single night.


A lot of people believe that the letter was a hoax. Written by newspaper journalists at the time to help push a narrative, and in turn sell more papers. Though this theory has never been officially confirmed.


But this letter really being penned by Jack The Ripper has never been officially confirmed either.

What do you think? Do you think the letter was legit, or hoax??

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