British experts have recently stumbled upon a lost postcard from the 19th century that might have been written by Jack the Ripper. Back then, the police used it to find clues and catch the renowned serial killer. Unfortunately, they never managed to find him. Now, the postcard in question will be available for purchase on April 30th at Grand Auctions.
The postcard was sent to the police before the last murder
This postcard arrived on October 29th, 1888, at a police station from East London, Ealing. Its arrival coincided with a critical moment for the city. Back then, London was hit by several frightening crimes caused by an unknown killer who called himself Jack the Ripper. Between August and November 1888, he killed at least five women in Whitechapel, a London quarter.
The postcard arrived only a few days before Jack the Ripper made his last victim. The woman, called Mary Jane Kelly, died on November 9th, 1888, in an incredibly brutal way. On the back of the postcard, there was a text that mentioned the presence of a kidney.
This was supposed to be a reference to a previous letter sent by the so-called Jack the Ripper, one of the “Letters from Hell”. This letter also arrived in October 1888 at the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee. Together with the letter, the killer also sent one half of a human kidney.
Experts confirmed it really was from the 19th century
After regaining the postcard, the experts checked it to see if it really dates back to the Jack the Ripper period. They found it really came from the 19th century, but finding the real author is truly an impossible task. The Letter from Hell has been long lost, so we will never know if the real Jack the Ripper really wrote this postcard.
So many years after the killings, Jack the Ripper continues to bring shivers down our spine. What makes his mystery even more appealing is the fact that he has never been found. Now, researchers and historians keep looking for clues and discover smaller details that make this mystery a little less obscure.
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