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The mystery of Jack the Ripper is one that has fascinated people for over one hundred years. The brutal murders, which captivated and terrified Victorian London, has long remained unsolved, with a list of suspects that ranges from local doctors to an insane member of the Royal Family and just about every point in between.
One man, however, claims to know who the Ripper was, and what's more, claims to finally have discovered his grave.
David Bullock, a 41-year old academic and Ripper expert, has long held an interest in the murders and is convinced that the culprit was Thomas Cutbush, a deranged criminal with a history of violence.
Cutbush has always been close to the top of most lists of potential suspects - Bullock is far from the first to identify him as the killer - and now his final resting place has been found.
"People always said he died in Broadmoor, but looking at the files, I could see he wasn't buried there."
Cutbush was committed to the famed hospital for the criminally insane in 1891 after stabbing a woman and attempting to injure another in a syphilis-induced delusion and died there in 1901.
"I found his grave by finding out where his other family members were buried, thinking maybe they were buried in the same place," continued Bullock.
"He is buried in Nunhead Cemetery - formerly named All Saints - which was known as the Dead Cemetery because it was one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries created to bury the dead in London, and it was left to become overgrown and woodland."
Bullock has been obsessed with the Ripper murders for over 25 years and has written a book detailing how he came to the conclusion that it was Cutbush that committed them.
"When you look at the criteria of what makes a viable suspect, there are five or six boxes you need to tick," said the academic, who lives in Reading.
"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.
"He 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, and ended up with a disfigurement.
"He was arrested in 1891 for attacking two women, and the series of murders stopped.
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