Is Thomas Hayne Cutbush Jack The Ripper?

Who is Thomas Hayne Cutbush you may well ask? Well he was the nephew of a Scotland Yard superintendent and the prime suspect in the Jack the Ripper case (3 April 1888 to 13 February 1891). Call him psychopath, call him mentally ill the guy was a scary freak that even his family believed could have been Jack.Reason? Because he stayed up all night prowling the streets of London and would come home covered in mud and blood (hello!).Oh and I forgot, he loved reading medical books. So why, pray tell, am I telling you all this? Well wouldn’t you know it, Broadmoor Britain’s first criminal asylum has just opened up its 1,500 case files to the public and that includes Cutbush’s. Under the Freedom of Information legislation the asylum could no longer hide the inmates personal info from the public (well the 100 year old files at least). Ooh, criminally insane file means quality reading for hundreds of authors looking for fresh fodder (yay). So I guess the most popular file (20 documents) is that of Thomas Hayne Cutbush. Already one of the Cutbush’s documents has unearthed some interesting facts describing him as having “brilliant blue eyes” and a “limp” just as an eyewitness had described to police. Another mentions Cutbush’s psycho rants which included how he would “rip” the staff open with a knife (little charmer). Despite initially being the prime suspect he was later committed and removed from the Ripper list because he was related to someone in Scotland Yard (in other words cover-up).The superintendent later killed himself when a newspaper released the name of his nephew to the public. Interestingly the Broadmoor files include other Ripper suspects such as James Kelly so don’t be surprised if you see a tsunami of Jack the Ripper theories and books real soon. Oh and if you want to do a little investigative work on Jack and 1499 other inmates of Broadmoor Asylum click here Berkshire Record Office. Knock yourself out.


Filed under All That Is Wrong With The World, Friggin Research, They Live Among Us !

8 responses to “Is Thomas Hayne Cutbush Jack The Ripper?

  1. This is pretty interesting I must say. thanks for posting, and the link!

  2. Jess

    Superintendent Charles Henry Cutbush was my great great great grandfather. Yeah my mom did our family tree.

    • So Jess, any truth to the rumour?

    • Gloria Kieran

      Hi Jess, I am tied into the Cutbush family somewhere along the line, but I am stillmissing some links. My Grandmother was Margaret Cutbush Meek. Would you please ask your Mom if she has her in her family tree? Ever so grateful,

    • Pauline

      My maiden name was Pauline Cutbush. I was born in 1952. My dad was Henry Cutbush and was born, I believe, on 19th Feb. 1927 and I come from East London. You say that your mum did the family tree. Am I, by any chance, listed. I have a sister, Janice and a brother Stephen Henry Cutbush

  3. ken

    hey Jess, there is a family of Cutbush’s here in New Zealand. My uncle is also doing the family tree, and found we are possibly related to Charles Henry Cutbush. How do we get in touch with you, as your mom’s research may fill in some holes?

  4. Gloria Kieran

    I have Charles |Henry cutbush, Chief Inspector of Police, Born: 5 Jan 1844 in Harrietsham, Ashford, Kent. Died 5 Mar 1896 in Lambeth, Greater London.

    Married in 1867 in Dover to

    Anne Dowl, Born: 1845 in New Romney, Kent. Died: 1921 in Willesden, London.

    Their issue:
    Alice Maud
    Amelia Jane
    Albert Harry

    I have dates for the children if it is the same family. The parents of Charles Henry Cutbush were Charles Cutbush and Amelia Stokes

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