Email from Jack the Ripper…

November 24, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was listening to the classic The Hounds of the Baskervilles for the last few days as I ran around doing shopping for my Thanksgiving dinner. I hadn’t read it in quite some time (despite my oft-mentioned fondness for the world’s greatest fictional detective), and it was a lot of fun. For some reason, my mind shifted to the most famous actual crime of the period, which was of course Jack the Ripper. I actually didn’t know much about the subject, so I turned where every good geek would turn: to Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia page lists three letters that were sent to the press and/or police that the police thought were of interest, and provided links to the “Dear Boss” letter which you can view as an image on the British National Archives. If you surf over to their site, you get one of those truly annoying image viewers, but you also get treated to this:

Ripper Letter, which you can send as an e-card

Yep, you can send the Jack the Ripper letter as an e-card to all your potential victims friends! Okay, maybe I’m a bit strange, but for some reason, that made me laugh out loud this morning.

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