The Lying Lies Of Cutbush The Liar

Posted: August 8, 2009 in The Non-Rippers
In 1894, The Sun newspaper reported that Jack the Ripper might have been a young man named Thomas Haynes Cutbush. Cutbush was caught stabbing women in the buttocks during broad daylight and he was later determined to be insane. In the account of his life, it was claimed that his father, Thomas Taylor Cutbush, died when he was very young, but that is not at all true. His father up and left the family and entered into a bigamous marriage in New Zealand. Here are a few newspaper accounts of this. This makes me wonder just how little the Editor of The Sun really knew about Thomas Haynes Cutbush.
 
1. TO MR. THOMAS W. YOUNG
 
We, the undersigned Ratepayers of Te Aro Ward, respectfully ask you to stand for the office of Commissioner at the next ensuing election.
 
Thomas T. Cutbush
(Many more names are listed)
 
Source: Wellington Independent, Volume XXV, Issue 3040, 1 September 1870, Page 4
 
2. TO MR. THOMAS W. YOUNG
 
We, the undersigned Ratepayers of Te Aro Ward, respectfully ask you to stand for the office of Commissioner at the next ensuing election.
 
Thomas T. Cutbush
(Many more names are listed)
 
Source: Wellington Independent, Volume XXV, Issue 3041, 3 September 1870, Page 7
 
 
 3. TO MR. THOMAS W. YOUNG
 
We, the undersigned Ratepayers of Te Aro Ward, respectfully ask you to stand for the office of Commissioner at the next ensuing election.
 
Thomas T. Cutbush
(Many more names are listed)
 
Source: Wellington Independent, Volume XXV, Issue 3042, 6 September 1870, Page 5
 
 Here is a genealogical site devoted to the Cutbush family:
 
 
Here is the record of the marriage between Thomas Taylor Cutbush and Agnes Ingles Stoddart on December 10, 1867 in Dixon Street, Wellington, New Zealand:
 
 
Thomas Taylor Cutbush also had a daughter with a woman named Frances Augusta in Sydney in 1876. Here is the birth record:
 
Registration Number  Last Name  Given Name(s)  Father’s Given Name(s)  Mother’s Given Name(s)  District 
4060/1865                  CUTBUSH      CHARLES A          WILLIAM M             CATHERINE A                 CONCORD    
2895/1866                  CUTBUSH      EDITH M              WILLIAM M               AGNES                        NEWTOWN   
1574/1876                  CUTBUSH      CLARA AUGUSTA  THOMAS TAYLOR    FRANCES AUGUSTA        SYDNEY   
7466/1907                  CUTBUSH      NEVILLE C             CHARLES W             LOUISA J M                      RYDE   
40235/1908                CUTBUSH      ARTHUR G               PERCY B                   GRACE E                        RYDE   
 
Source: New South Wales Registry Of Births, Deaths and Marriages
 
Sadly enough, Thomas T. Cutbush also had a stillborn daughter born to him by his wife, Agnes Ingles Stoddart, in 1868 just a year after they were married. They had named the stillborn baby Helen Stoddart Cutbush.
 
Registration Number        Family Name         Given Name(s)      Mother’s Given Name(s)          Father’s Given Name(s)             Still Birth 
1906/11139                        Cutbush                  Andrew                     Christina                                Frederick George
1909/27078                        Cutbush               William John                 Emma                                   Frederick George
1904/13707                        Cutbush              George Miller                Christina                                Frederick George
1892/2896                         Cutbush                   Albert                          Kate                                            NR
1893/18226                       Cutbush                   Thomas                        Kate                                            NR 
1957/140640                      Cutbush                   Charles                        Kate                                            NR 
1868/2225                         Cutbush               Helen Stoddart    
1869/2491                         Cutbush                   Mary Ann    
1872/3261                         Cutbush                 Blanche Evelyn    
1872/3262                         Cutbush                  Mary Frances    
1984/131051                     Cutbush                      Lucy                         Katherine                                       NR

           

 
 
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