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In his own words? Chilling postcard from Jack the Ripper under hammer

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A POSTCARD believed to have been written by Jack the Ripper is expected to sell for up to £1,000.

Experts have validated the postcard, which was delivered to police in Ealing, West London, in October 1888, days before the serial killer stabbed to death Mary Kelly his fifth and final victim, in London’s East End.

Written on the card is: ‘Beware there is two women I want here. They are bastards, and I mean to have them with my knife is still in good order it is a students knife and I hope you liked the half of kidney. I am Jack the Ripper.’

The chilling artefact was held by Ealing police as evidence until the 1960s when many files were released. It vanished until its elderly owner put it up for sale.

Jonathan Riley, 19th century expert at Grand Auctions, said: ‘Our card is the first time a Ripper letter or card has ever been offered on the market for auction with police provenance.’

It will be sold at the auction house in Folkestone, Kent, on Monday.