A postcard believed by many to have been sent to police in 1888 by Jack the Ripper warning of two murders was sold for £22,000.The note posted to west London’s Ealing police station, warns that the killer’s knife “is still in good order”.
The card itself is dated 29 October 1888, which was 11 days before Mary Kelly which may have been, and is believed by many to be Jack the Ripper’s final victim.
The mysterious London killer is believed to have murdered at least five prostitutes in the 1800’s They were – Mary Ann Nicholls, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddoweson and Mary Jane Kelly, all of which (with the exception of Stride) were horribly mutilated.
The name Jack the Ripper originates from a letter written by ‘someone’ – possibly the Ripper? who claimed to be the killer in London newspaper around the time of the murders.
The identity of the killer was never discovered and the police officially closed the investigation in 1892.
During the course of their investigations, police viewed several men as strong suspects however, though none was ever formally charged in the end.
These suspects included Montague John Druitt, a barrister who later committed suicide; Seweryn Klosowski, a barber from Whitechapel; Aaron Kosminski, a Polish paranoid schizophrenic; and Michael Ostrog, a Russian conman – although some people have suspected others, these men are widely regarded as the most probable.
In 1992, Jack the Ripper enthusiasts around the world were shocked by the discovery of a previously unknown note claiming to have been written by Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick as revealed by The Daily Telegraph.
Within it, Maybrick confessed to the brutal murders of five women in the East End of London. He then signed off the diary with the following –
“I give my name that all know of me, so history do tell, what love can do to a gentleman born. Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper.”
But after a short time of the book being released, some Ripper experts started questioning its legitimacy.
More recently, some researchers have insisted that the Ripper was not an evil man, or a criminal genius at all, rather that he was someone ‘guarded’ by an unknown security of royal-esque hierarchy.
It is still unknown to this day who the Ripper was, it may never be revealed. One thing is for certain however, he is the most famous murderer we have ever had in London and an almost mythical figure.