Jack the Ripper Postcard, to Be Auctioned off in London

Jack the Ripper

London-based auction house bids the Jack the Ripper postcard.

The Grand Auctions has recently invited Londoners to bid off a rather unusual item that possibly belonged to one of the most notorious criminals in history. Donated by a retired law enforcement agent, a postcard, the item in question, is believed to have been written by none other than Jack the Ripper.

Jack the Ripper Postcard, Mentions Two More Killings in Whitechapel District

This wonderous memorabilia from the Victorian era is up for grabs and, according to Grand Auctions spokesperson, any interested solicitor can buy the item. With prices starting from $800, the Jack the Ripper postcard is awaiting its new owner.

Johnathan Riley, a Grand Auctions historian, and Victorian-era specialist stated that the exotic item on sale had been tucked away in the Ealing Street Police Station’s drawer since November 1888. Moreover, the London auction house managed to secure the historical document after a former police constable donated it to the establishment.

As to how the former law enforcement agent came into the possession of the Jack the Ripper postcard, Riley reveals that the man received it as a retirement gift from his colleagues in the late sixties.

Riley said that the item might be legitimate, which means that this is probably the last message Jack the Ripper sent to the authorities before vanishing.

The Auction house had the courtesy of disclosing what the cryptic postcard read:

Beware there [sic] two women I want here they are bastards, and I mean to have them my knife is still in good order it is a students [sic] knife, and I hope you liked the kidney. I am Jack the Ripper.


Riley pointed out that the message even makes a reference to the infamous “From Hell” letter which contained part of a human kidney.

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