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Jack the Ripper letters
"Dear Boss" letter
"Saucy Jacky" postcard
"From Hell" letter
Openshaw letter

The "From Hell" letter (also called the "Lusk letter")<ref name=Grove>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name=Maybrick/> is a letter that was posted in 1888, along with half a human kidney, by a person who claimed to be the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. The murderer killed and mutilated at least five female victims in the Whitechapel area of London over a several month period, the case attracting a great deal of attention both at the time and since. The exact number of victims has never been conclusively proven, and the identity of the perpetrator the Whitechapel killings has likewise remained unsolved.<ref name=Maybrick/>

Postmarked on 15 October 1888, the letter was received by George Lusk, then head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, the following day. The message was accompanied by a preserved section of a human kidney; the letter's writer claimed to have eaten the other half of the organ. While the police received an large volume of letters claiming to be from the murderer, the authorities having to deal an estimated one thousand letters to be related to the case at one point, the "From Hell" message is one of the few that has received serious attention as possibly being genuine. Opinions on the matter have remained divided.<ref name=Maybrick>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Several fictional works have referred to the Lusk letter, an example being the thriller novel Dust and Shadow.<ref name=Dust/>


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Jack the Ripper letters
"Dear Boss" letter
"Saucy Jacky" postcard
"From Hell" letter
Openshaw letter

The "From Hell" letter (also called the "Lusk letter")<ref name=Grove>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name=Maybrick/> is a letter that was posted in 1888, along with half a human kidney, by a person who claimed to be the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. The murderer killed and mutilated at least five female victims in the Whitechapel area of London over a several month period, the case attracting a great deal of attention both at the time and since. The exact number of victims has never been conclusively proven, and the identity of the perpetrator the Whitechapel killings has likewise remained unsolved.<ref name=Maybrick/>

Postmarked on 15 October 1888, the letter was received by George Lusk, then head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, the following day. The message was accompanied by a preserved section of a human kidney; the letter's writer claimed to have eaten the other half of the organ. While the police received an large volume of letters claiming to be from the murderer, the authorities having to deal an estimated one thousand letters to be related to the case at one point, the "From Hell" message is one of the few that has received serious attention as possibly being genuine. Opinions on the matter have remained divided.<ref name=Maybrick>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Several fictional works have referred to the Lusk letter, an example being the thriller novel Dust and Shadow.<ref name=Dust/>


From Hell letter sections
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