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The Man Who Would Be Jack



London, 1891. Less than three weeks after the last Whitechapel murder, 25-year-old Thomas Cutbush is committed to Broadmoor Asylum for savage knife attacks on young women in Kennington. The arresting officer, Inspector Race, intrigued by the wealth of connections with the infamous unsolved murders in the East End, starts to wonder whether he has, in fact, arrested Jack the Ripper himself.

Ignored by his superiors the Inspector eventually decides to take his story to the press. His actions unleash the biggest journalistic investigation of the time with The Sun putting its star reporters on the trail of Thomas Cutbush. The startling new evidence and compelling eyewitness testimonies they discover sets up a sensational scoop.

The Man Who Would Be Jack introduces the incredible story of the investigation conducted by The Sun and Inspector Race that, at long last, exposes the truth of one of the world’s most tantalising mysteries.


"A watertight case. Rarely is a factual book such a page turner"

TV presenter Nick Knowles

‘Brilliantly researched and expertly written.’

The Whitechapel Society

‘It is one of the volumes every Ripperologist should have on their bookshelf.’

Paul Begg

‘David Bullock's meticulously-researched book is a welcome addition to the serious works in this field, casting light on a hitherto neglected suspect...his lively writing style brings the period and, in particular, the exploits of Thomas Cutbush, to life.’

Tessa Harris, author of The Anatomist's Apprentice

‘Suspenseful prose, as good as any fictional murder story.’

The Good Book Guide

‘A fascinating story.’

Essie Fox

'An engaging atmospheric read, this account of the life and crimes of Ripper suspect Thomas Cutbush brings to life the seamy and violent side of Victorian society.’

Linda Stratmann

“Bullock makes a strong and convincing case, admirably summarised in 21 key points towards the end.”

Peckham Peculiar

"As you'd expect from a Jack the Ripper walking tour guide, David Bullock excels as a narrator... A thrilling tale."

Fortean Times

“A volume that surely every Ripperologist should have on his shelf.”

Red Jack reviews

“Reads like a novel… Great book, excellent research, a credible suspect that we haven't heard much about and perfect end-notes and incredible documentation.”

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