It sounds a little extreme when I put it that way, I really can’t deny that it’s true. I’m not obsessed with the act of murder persay, more like obsessed with the types of people who commit such a brutal and twisted act. Serial killers have held a dark place in my heart for a long, long time. I’m absolutely fascinated by them, by their mind, by their motives and by their lives past, present, and future. There are plenty more.
My favorite of all the infamous serial killers is Jack the Ripper, a man who eluded Scotland Yard until his death. Actually, even after his death considering his true identity is still not able to be proven. There have been plenty of suspects and plenty theories about his identity written about by countless authors and Ripperologists (yes, those in the profession of studying everything about Jack the Ripper), but in actuality, the truth is we really don’t know. The man responsible for the Whitechapel Murders was alive in a time where DNA evidence and fingerprinting was not around. It’s unsure how many women he actually murdered aside from the 5 women murdered in 1888.
This man was severely disturbed, yet incredibly brilliant and cocky. He would send letters to Scotland Yard taunting them and poking fun in perverse ways that could have only proven to make their efforts all the more frustrating. Though some of them were proven to be hoaxes sent in by copycats, they are disturbing nonetheless.
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.
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
The “Saucy Jack” Postcard
I was not codding dear old Boss when I gave you the tip, you’ll hear about Saucy Jacky’s work tomorrow double event this time number one squealed a bit couldn’t finish straight off. ha not the time to get ears for police. thanks for keeping last letter back till I got to work again.
Jack the Ripper
“From Hell” Letter
I send you half the Kidne I took from one woman and prasarved it for you tother piece 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 longer
Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk
And my favorite…even though it was found out to be a hoax…
Eight little whores, with no hope of heaven,
Gladstone may save one, then there’ll be seven.
Seven little whores beggin for a shilling,
One stays in Henage Court, then there’s a killing.
Six little whores, glad to be alive,
One sidles up to Jack, then there are five.
Four and whore rhyme aright,
So do three and me,
I’ll set the town alight
Ere there are two.
Two little whores, shivering with fright,
Seek a cosy doorway in the middle of the night.
Jack’s knife flashes, then there’s but one,
And the last one’s the ripest for Jack’s idea of fun.
Countless days, months, years, decades have been spent researching Jack the Ripper and more and more evidence as to who he was is being found each year. Though he is not the only serial killer who has remained elusive even after death, he is the most fascinating to me. My favorite book written on him so far has got to be Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper– Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell. It’s a read I definitely recommend!
Everyone has strange hobbies or interests. I have plenty more.
What’s an unusual interest that you have?