October 15th 1888: ‘From Hell’ letter received
On this day in 1888, the infamous ‘From Hell’ letter was sent allegedly by serial killer ‘Jack the Ripper’. The letter was sent to George Lusk, the head of Whitechapel Vigilance Committee. The letter told how the killer had supposedly taken a kidney from one of his victims, eaten one half, and another half was sent with the letter. Of all the letters sent claiming to be the murderer, this one is most often considered legitimate, as it did not use the pseudonym ‘Jack the Ripper’ and the most recent victim had had her kidney removed.