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1888 ‘Dear Boss’ The Whitechappel Murders AKA Jack the Ripper, who wrote the letter?

Jack the Ripper, published Dear Boss
Jack the Ripper, published Dear Boss

1888 Anonymous letter to the Central News Agency London “Dear Boss”, introducing the name Jack the Ripper for the first time.

The Dear Boss Letter in full

On the 27th of September 1888, the central news agency received an anonymous letter, in red ink, it read;

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

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The Name ‘Jake the Ripper’, the world will not forget it

The Whitechapel murders had already been happening around Whitechapel by the time the ‘Dear Boss’ letter was sent. The letter was significant because it gave the world the name ‘Jack the Ripper’, a name the world would not forget. There is some speculation that the author of these letters was not of the crimes or Jack the Ripper, but was a journalist. Either way, the letters created a pseudo-identity of the murderer to a level of criminal notoriety not yet witnessed in society.

The Jack the Ripper trail, places of interest

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  1. Durward street that was Buck’s Row Whitechapel school and cobblestones in the road.
  2. 29 Hanbury Street Spitalfields now the entrance to the Truman Brewery
  3. Ten Bells pub in Fornier St and Commercial st is a PUB
  4. It is also a Grade II listed building, now known for Jack the Ripper tours, memorabilia between 1976-88, the final victim, Mary Jane Kelly lived here, Annie Chapman may have used the pub
  5. Former pub called Ye Frying Pan 13 Brick Lane, on the junction with Thrawl street. It is not a pub now it is an Indian Restaurant; It was another Truman Hanbury and Buxton Pub. Polly Nichols victim drank here
  6. Princess Alice pub 42 commercial street, now called City Darts. Junction with Wentworth street Grade II listed building a Truman Hanbury and Buxton Pub. Frances Coles used it before her murder
  7. The Hoop & Grapes pub, on 14 widget street corner of Sandy’s Row few minutes away from Millers court a key site that always seems to come up with Jack the Ripper walks, or tales. The Story goes Jack the Ripper was last being seen here. A tall stranger, well dressed with a silk black hat approached a woman by the name of Mrs Paumier, outside selling chestnuts. The stranger said ‘have you heard about the murder in Dorset Street’. She replied, she had, and the stranger retorted “I know more about it than you”.
  8. Henriques street by Dutfields yard off Berners Street, now the schoolyard was the location of Elizabeth Stride’s murder.
  9. Mitre Square, the corner another victim was located by the name of Catherine Eddowes, buried here
  10. Dorset street Spitalfields / Millers Court, the final victim location, Mary Kelly.
  11. Castle Alley / Old Castle Street Aldgate the location of victim Alice Mckenzie
  12. Many victims lived around Dean street or Flower Street. This is now Lolesworth ST
  13. Gunthorpe St or as then known as George Yard was the location for the victim by the name of Martha Tabram.
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