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Jack The Ripper In America. Did Jack The Ripper Visit The United States?

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Keira Kensington
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2015, 04:53:34 pm »

They include admission details, medical notes on his behaviour, documents relating to his death and a letter from the hospital medical superintendent to Cutbush's mother.

They are also understood to include detailed descriptions of Cutbush which match eyewitness accounts of Jack the Ripper. In one document, he is described as having "brilliant blue eyes" and a limp, fitting a description provided by a witness who had seen the murderer.

The file is also understood to include letters written by Broadmoor staff detailing Cutbush's rants while at the hospital. He was said to have repeatedly threatened to "rip" them open with a knife.

Cutbush first came under suspicion in 1894 when a newspaper claimed to know the identity of the Ripper. Although it did not name the suspect, the details plainly pointed to Cutbush, a nephew of a Scotland Yard superintendent who killed himself two years later.

The newspaper article claimed that Cutbush's defence team had thought that he was Jack the Ripper, and had evidence of this. But it was never shown to the court because Cutbush was sectioned.

David Bullock, who is writing a book about the Ripper killings called The Man Who Would Be Jack, said the files would shed "invaluable light" on Cutbush's role in the killings.

"Cutbush really is the number one suspect. He was a known psychopath and his family actually suspected him of having something to do with the killings because of his strange behaviour.

"He was nocturnal, would spend the day studying medical books and would often spend the night walking the streets of London and would come home covered in mud and blood. There is all sorts of evidence that point to him as the killer but I have never seen any evidence that rules him out.

"There is even a conspiracy theory for why he was never put forward as a suspect by the police. Imagine the uproar if the public had found out that he was a suspect, and that his uncle was a senior member of the Met."

Experts researching the Ripper case have previously approached the Broadmoor authorities seeking permission to view the Cutbush files, but have been turned away.

One of them, Richard Jones, author of Jack the Ripper: The Casebook, said Cutbush was "hugely important" to the way the police investigation unfolded.

Cutbush was interviewed by detectives about the Ripper murders after his arrest for the stabbing incidents but ruled out of the frame, because police were not able to place him in the Whitechapel area at the time the crimes occurred, said Jones.

But it was in publicly dismissing claims that Cutbush was the killer that Scotland Yard named three other key suspects and identified five of the murders as being definitely by the same hand, he explained.

Broadmoor's unique collection of historical records, which dates back to the hospital's opening in 1863, will provide a rich hunting ground for historians, family history enthusiasts and criminologists alike when it opens to the public on November 18.

Access to the records, including around 1,500 individual patient files and many photographs, has previously only been granted to a handful of researchers, largely due to the logistical problems inherent in visiting the high security hospital in Berkshire.

The vast majority of the archives, which take up an estimated 10.5 cubic metres, have therefore never been viewed by the outside world.

The decision to open them to the public follows requests from the public under Freedom of Information legislation, which took effect in 2005. Only records more than 100 years old will be available to view at their new permanent home at Berkshire Record Office, in Reading. Information on living patients, who include Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, remains confidential.

Also among the newly-released files will be records of other patients who would have committed violent crimes around the time of the Ripper murders.

Records on another Ripper suspect, James Kelly, who was committed to Broadmoor after murdering his wife in 1883 but escaped in 1888, could become available by request. Kelly remained at large until 1927 when he returned voluntarily to Broadmoor, where he died two years later.

The Broadmoor archives were originally transferred to Berkshire Record Office in 2006 but have taken two years to sort and catalogue with funding from the Wellcome Trust. As well as containing remarkable new information on infamous Victorian killers, they provide fascinating insights into the medical care, welfare and social activities – often surprisingly rich and liberal - of numerous forgotten individuals incarcerated in Britain's first criminal asylum.

They can be viewed by appointment with the record office. An exhibition, 'The Secret World of Victorian Broadmoor', featuring stories from the archives, opened yesterday [November 8] at Reading Museum.
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