Here is the complete text of the first Jack the Ripper letter.
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 lady s 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
Don’t mind me giving the trade name”
The evil that stalked White Chapel now had a pen name but the writer was not done with this letter and added a postscript and wrote at right angles to the rest of the letter the following,
“wasn’t 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