An author who has spent 26 years researching Jack the Ripper believes he’s identified the final resting place of the notorious serial killer.
David Bullock said he regards Thomas Cutbush as the most ‘viable’ Jack the Ripper suspect.
Bullock gained access to Cutbush’s files from his time in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, which led to him finding the family burial plot in Nunhead Cemetery, where he said he believes Cutbush was laid to rest.
In his book, The Man Who Would Be Jack, Bullock writes:
People always said he died in Broadmoor, but looking at the files I could see he wasn’t buried there.
Ever since I came across Cutbush I’d been trying to find out the beginning and the end of his life and it was a missing piece of the jigsaw.
I found his grave by finding out where his other family members were buried, thinking maybe they were buried in the same place.
Bullock, who works as a PCSO as well as being an author, began researching the Jack the Ripper case 26 years ago as a teenager, according to Southwark News.
Jack the Ripper is believed to have killed five prostitutes in the Whitechapel area of London in 1888 – he was never identified.
Bullock said more than one hundred suspects have been named over the years, but only a few of those are viable once you ‘break them down’:
When you look at the criteria of what makes a viable suspect there are five or six boxes you need to tick.
Cutbush ticks them all – he worked in Whitechapel at the time and knew the area like the back of his hand.
He had a hatred towards prostitutes and his family and friends believed he was linked to this because he had an obsession with medicine, surgery and anatomy.
[Cutbush] studied medical books and drew pictures of mutilation and would tell people he was a doctor when he wasn’t.
He associated with prostitutes – this has been confirmed by his family – and he believes he contracted a disease from one of them and because he thought he was a doctor, he self-medicated and over self-medicated – ending up with a disfigurement.
He was arrested in 1891 for attacking two women and the series of murders stopped.
Bullock said he ‘remained unbiased’ while carrying out his research and didn’t ‘cherry pick the evidence to suit’.
His book, The Man Who Would Be Jack, took ten years to write and is available to buy now.