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On the Trail of the Yorkshire Ripper (Hardback)

His Final Secrets Revealed

British History True Crime Yorkshire and Humberside P&S History

By Richard Charles Cobb
Imprint: Pen & Sword True Crime
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781526748768
Published: 30th October 2019

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Peter Sutcliffe, The Yorkshire Ripper, remains the most infamous serial killer in British criminal history.

His reign of terror saw 13 women brutally murdered and the largest criminal manhunt in British history.

Just like Jack the Ripper, his Victorian counterpart of 1888, he remains a killer of almost mythical proportions, yet the locations and circumstances surrounding his foul deeds remain a subject of confusion to this day….. until now.

Using ground breaking new research together with the original police reports, newspaper descriptions and eye witness testimony, we can finally present the truth about what actually happened.

For the first time in over four decades we re-examine the crime scenes and deliver the real story of the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

I’d definitely recommend this to any lover of true crime as it is extremely well written and definitely steers clear of hero worship or glorifying Sutcliffe’s crimes.

NetGalley, Jayne Heywood

I really enjoy true crime and as I child growing up in the late 70's early 80's this resonates with me. I did know most of the information provided in the book, but it was still goo to recall it in one book.

NetGalley, Marie Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An excellent, informative read on a very difficult and harrowing subject. The research done was first class and the writing is extremely respectful towards the victims and their families. Highly reccommend this book especially if you are not fully aware of the extremities Sutcliffe went to in fulfilling his gruesome fantasies. Thank you for letting me read this. I will definitely be looking up this author from now on.

NetGalley, Craig Powley

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An excellent read. This book was exciting and I didn’t want to put it down.
I really enjoyed how the book was put together and the writing style was very good.
Very highly recommended book.

NetGalley, Tracey Shults

An interesting and in places harrowing read about the Yorkshire Ripper. I remember some of the murders and Peter Sutcliffe being caught. This book tells about his victims and some of his possible victims and how he was eventually caught.

NetGalley, Julie Hosford

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

On the Trail of the Yorkshire Ripper was an excellent book.

It is well written, researched and is easy to read. The Author is mindful of the fact that some victims are still thankfully alive. It follows the attacks in a chronological order. Explaining what happened at each attack and giving directions as to where you would find each site now, hence being on the trail.

It explains how the police failed in charging Peter Sutcliffe much sooner due to many factors. (Sadly lots being Police error.)

An excellent book and one which I would go back to again. I enjoyed the Authors writing style and would read other books by him as well.

NetGalley, Hazel Thomson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I thought that this book, On the Trail of the Yorkshire Ripper: His Final Secrets Revealed was excellent, it was a completely additive read and I flew through the pages.

I love reading books on true crime and this was a very detailed book that covered the horrific murders and attacks of the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

I read the book spread over a few evenings and I have to say that the book was superb. The writing style was perfect and I really enjoyed the length of the chapters and how the book had been set out.

It was full of detail and the author really brought what happened to life, it was horrific and I can’t even image what it would have been like to have been around at that time (his reign of terror was before I was born), no-one was safe on the streets as his attacks and murders towards the end of his campaign showed. These attacks are tragic and harrowing.

It is 5 stars from me for this book – very highly recommended!!

NetGalley, Donna Maguire

A interesting and informative book about the Yorkshire Ripper. A book that was respectful to the victims. Well written and easy to read.

NetGalley, Heather Bennett

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

When the Yorkshire Ripper was on the loose I was a young child living in the North West of England. This case fascinated me especially knowing how frightened women were and I desperately wanted him to get caught. Being young and impressionable I thought that the police would catch him quickly and lock him up in prison forever, that obviously didn’t happen. Throughout the years I have watched countless documentaries and read books and news articles about this case, and I have to say that this is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject. I have gained lots of new information when I thought I knew everything there was to know.

The book is written in a straightforward way and so is easy to read. The author is very respectful to all of the victims whether still alive or dead. Throughout the book we also get to know from Peter Sutcliffe’s POV what happened with each victim. The thing that manages to make me angry every time I read or watch anything about this case is the amount of mistakes the police made. Throughout this book I became aware of other mistakes they made that were new to me.

Whether you think that you know all there is to know about this case or just know the basics I highly recommend this book.

NetGalley, Christina Conn

I enjoyed reading this book, which covers, in chronological order, the attacks of the Yorkshire Ripper... this book feels like a good primer to the subject and does give a flavour of the emotions that surrounded this entire case.

NetGalley, Brian Hamilton

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Great book will be reading other books by this author.
Will also recommend this book to others.
Great read! 5****

NetGalley, Michelle Griffiths

Cobb's stance is clear: slack and incompetent actions (or lack of) by the Yorkshire Police resulted in the deaths of many women through a failure to pin Sutcliffe down when they had him in their sights, and after reading this book in one morning, I share his feelings.

A lot of the information in this book is already in the public domain but the way it stacks up as you read is truly horrifying. This was a time when women's accounts of assaults against them were not trusted; a deeply sexist time which I remember well but the actual disregarding of multiple concurrent photofits, the failure to follow leads, and the dogged refusal of the investigating team to drop their belief that the tapes were a hoax despite a lot of evidence to the contrary is dismaying.

This isn't a sensationalist account and the details of the women's murders didn't feel salacious.

NetGalley, Nicola

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This case always terrified me.
The police were no nearer catching him and consequently more victims were murdered.
Then they caught him.
This book uses original police reports and all media and eye witness testimony, it gives us the truth of what really happened.
.It is really well researched and written so everybody can understand it.
It serves as one of the best books on Peter Sutcliffe that I've read.
I would recommend it to everybody interested in this case or true crime in general.

NetGalley, Angela Hunt

About Richard Charles Cobb

Richard C Cobb is a crime historian and founder of “H Division” Crime Club which gathers together true crime experts for research projects, social occasions, conferences and events.


Richard is also the owner of East End tours, a walking tour company in London providing award winning tours on crime subjects such as Jack the Ripper and the Kray twins as well as cultural history tours of Spitalfields and Brick lane.


Originally from Ireland, Richard works in London and resides with his family in Bradford West Yorkshire.

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