In 1893, Detective Inspector William Race of the Metropolitan Police met with two journalists working for the Sun newspaper and told them that he knew the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Less than three weeks after the last Whitechapel murder, Race had arrested 25-year-old Thomas Hayne Cutbush for attacking two young girls with a knife. Having worked on the Ripper case, Race noted a number of startling facts that convinced him he had in fact arrested Jack the Ripper.
Race’s superiors, perhaps embarrassed by the fact that one of them, Superintendant Charles Henry Cutbush, was Thomas’ uncle, ignored the inspector’s suspicions, so he eventually decided to got to the press.
The Sun newspaper set about investigating Cutbush, gathering startling new evidence and compelling eyewitness testimony. When they published their results they caused a sensation, leading to the once secret and now infamous, deeply flawed Macnaghten Report (1894) in which the Chief Constable of the CID dismissed Cutbush as a suspect. As a result, Cutbush has been ignored as a serious Jack the Ripper contender ever since.
In The Man Who Would Be Jack, the author re-examines Inspector Race’s and the journalists’ findings and tells their truly incredible story. This fresh and exciting detective whodunnit whips along at a cracking piece, culminating at the moment where the two journalists finally gain access to Broadmoor and stand face-to-face with The Man Who Would Be Jack.
The book then concludes with the amazing discovery by the author of Cutbush’s Broadmoor files and other documents that shed new light on this most extraordinary case.
The author does not make the mistake of simply claiming that Cutbush was Jack, only that when the stories of the Ripper and Cutbush are told side-by-side, they steadily merge into a tantalisingly logical conclusion: Thomas Cutbush is the most likely of all the suspects to be the Man Who Would be Jack.
David Bullock was born and raised in Northampton. An expert in Victorian and Edwardian criminal history, he has been researching the Jack the Ripper case for over twenty years. An actor for more than a decade, David has been cast in a number of TV and theatre roles, and has appeared in a host of independent films. In 2011 he was a finalist at the Reading Festival of Crime Writing.
David is a regular speaker on the subject of Jack the Ripper and in 2013 appeared in the Channel 5 documentary Inside Broadmoor.
Since 2007 David has worked as a Police Community Support Officer...
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