Of course, anything is possible. If any letter is genuine, it's certainly the Lusk letter (and kidney). It's always tricky, at least for me, to make assumptions when so little is known. In most cases, for most people, its not feasible to be get hold of a kidney and send it in a parcel. For others, it might be quite feasible (medical students, mortuary workers, etc.). That said, it may be nearly as feasible that the killer sent it himself. For me, it's simply a feeling, one that may change at any time as I am exposed to new info, opinions. Mainly, it's a feeling I have based upon notes I've been making for the past twenty-five years. I've had thoughts, I write them down. Learn a fact here, do some research about a killer there, I write it down. Recently, I've been pulling notes together and arranging them in a more organized fashion. Creating narratives and speadsheets, even a few flowcharts. It's an interesting exercise, at the least. Thanks for the reply!
Its worth mentioning that for the month of September Medical Students and people with a more or less advanced knowledge of anatomy were the primary suspect group...who better to obtain a kidney section?
The fact that it wasnt addressed to the cops or the news, that it was not signed by a "Ripper", and the fact that the organ section was human and was from an organ like the one that Kate had taken from her...make this the only compelling possible correspondence.
At least from Kates killer....he didnt claim any other women as victims.
On the other hand if Dear Boss and the PostCard weren't from Jacky then it seems that only a conspiracy at the "News" could account for the information therein, otherwise how the accuracy, the writer must have known facts.
As I see it only two choices open to us.
G U T
There are two ways to be fooled, one is to believe what isn't true, the other is to refuse to believe that which is true.
Hi Gut. It would be very inconvenient for a number of Ripperologists if the Lusk letter/kidney were actually from the killer. Or if modern opinion favored that. And not inconvenient just for those with suspects but also for many without, simply because it clashes with their views on what kind of a person the killer was. There are two contemporary sides to the argument: One appearing in a document coming from a high police source which states the medical opinion was that it came from Eddowes. The other side comes from press reports. This is one of those very rare cases where even the most fastidious of Ripperologists choose to side with press reports vs an official source. I remain on the fence because even these sources present only opinions and not absolutes. Only a DNA comparison between the kidney and Eddowes' exhumed remains could prove it beyond a doubt. And that kidney is long gone.
Just to be clear I don't say it had to be from Eddowes just the reason given to reject it is spurious.
It was definitely a human left kidney (I believe left is correct). That much isn't debated. I'm always amazed whenever anyone feels totally confident either way (Eddowes or not Eddowes) because it can't be known for sure.