Story of Wearside Jack to become a film

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The story of Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer John Humble is set to become a film.

The Echo revealed last week that Sunderland-born author Mark Blacklock had written a new novel – ‘I’m Jack’ – relating the notorious Wearside Jack hoax from Humble’s point of view.

Now York-based Mad As Birds Films has snapped up the movie rights. The firm’s website confirms it is working on an adaptation of the book.

hunt for Britain’s most notorious hoaxer has inspired a new novel by an exiled Mackem.

John Humble sent police three letters and a tape between March 1978 and March 1979, a move which saw the focus of the hunt switch from Yorkshire to Sunderland.

English Literature lecturer Mark Blacklock was inspired by the investigations of former Sunderland Echo journalist Patrick Lavelle, who spent years trying to track down Wearside Jack.