Month of Macabre: The “From Hell” Letter

On October 15, 1888, George Lusk (then the head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee) received a letter in the mail. It was delivered with half of a human kidney. The letter read:

From hell

Mr Lusk
I send you half the
Kidne I took from one women
prasarved it for you tother pirce
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

Catch me when
you Can
Mishter Lusk.


The letter was unsigned but it is considered to be an authentic letter from Jack the Ripper, the mystery villain behind the Whitechapel murders.

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Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast, author, graphic designer, paper crafter and artist living on Canada's beautiful east coast.