I send you half the Kidne I took from one women 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
signed Catch me when you Can
The above is the sinister content of the famous ‘From Hell Letter’, sent to a George Lusk, who was head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, a group who patrolled the night time streets of London’s Whitechapel during the hunt for perhaps the most famous serial killer of all time; Jack the Ripper. The authenticity of the letter has been debated for many years, but many believe it may be one the few genuine letters sent by the killer during 1888 when the impoverished of Whitechapel were gripped in a fevered panic. The name ‘Jack the Ripper’ actually originated in a different letter (the ‘Dear Boss’ letter), which is now believed to have been a fake, possibly written by a journalist in order to heighten interest in the case. Real or no, the name stuck, and over a century later, the identity of Jack has never officially been established. There are five ‘canonical’ Ripper victims – Mary Ann/Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly, who all worked as prostitutes in Whitechapel. Despite surely having been invisible untouchables during their lifetimes, their names are now part of history. The case of Jack the Ripper has been retold and reinterpreted many times in books, television and film, often with a different theory as to who the killer was, and his reasons do doing what he did. The most recent of these was probably 2009’s schlocky, vaguely preposterous, but highly entertaining Whitechapel, made by ITV, in which modern day London’s Whitechapel district is once again besieged by fear due to a copycat Ripper killer. The film I looking at today, which also features a modern copycat Jack at its core, is no less schlocky, much more preposterous and highly Unentertaining. And as a real kicker it doesn’t feature the very handsome Rupert Penry Jones, who starred in Whitechapel. But despite this hardship, I shall struggle bravely on. Let us dive into Ripper: Letter From Hell. Contains, as always, Spoilers.
I’ll Save You Some Time. Watch The One On The Right. (But Not Before You Read My Entire, Sure To Be Hilarious, Review Of Ripper First, Obvs)