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New book 'reveals identity of Jack the Ripper'

16th February 2012

The identity of Jack the Ripper has confounded experts for decades and raised much debate among criminal historians, but a new book claims to finally reveal the identity of the man responsible for the Whitechapel murders.

In The Man Who Would Be Jack, historian David Bullock claims the Victorian serial killer was a man named Thomas Hayne Cutbush, with a substantial amount of evidence provided to support this theory.

According to Bullock, not only did Cutbush work in Whitechapel and know the area, he was suspected of committing the Ripper crimes at the time and closely matched the description of the Ripper given by eyewitnesses.

Perhaps most significantly, Cutbush was imprisoned in 1889 for committing similar crimes and eventually sent to Broadmoor Hospital, after which the Ripper murders ceased.

Bullock, who now works for Thames Valley Police, researched the book for over 15 years and was the first person to be granted access to the Broadmoor files on which the book is based.

He explained that there is a very good reason why there was never conclusive evidence to unmask Jack the Ripper - it was covered up.

'My hope is to show the Jack the Ripper case in a brand new light and bring to the reader the fresh and intriguing tale of Thomas Hayne Cutbush, as well as dispelling the biggest myth of all - that Jack the Ripper was never caught,' the author added.

Bullock's book is not the first to attempt to identity Jack the Ripper, with previous titles ranging from The Complete A-Z of Jack the Ripper, which analyses every aspect of the case, to Colin Kendell's Jack the Ripper: The Theories and Facts, which reassesses the evidence compiled by Victorian police.

Other titles use the Bullock approach of pointing the finger at particular suspects, such as William Beadle's Jack the Ripper Unmasked, which suggests William Henry Bury was responsible for the Whitechapel murders.

There are also more outlandish theories, such as the suggestion of David Monaghan and Nigel Cawthorne in their fiction book Jack the Ripper's Secret Confession that the killings were committed by a man named Walter, who was also supposedly responsible for writing the obscene Victorian memoir My Secret Life.

© W&G Foyle Ltd