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Peter Sutcliffe (Hardback)

The Full Crimes of The Yorkshire Ripper

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By Chris Cook
Imprint: Pen & Sword True Crime
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781036101039
Published: 30th July 2024


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This book gives the most up-to-date story of the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, AKA the Yorkshire Ripper. His confessions to police in 1981, and his later confession in 1992 to two further attacks, are gone into in greater detail than ever before, as are attacks on women that the police later felt they had enough evidence to charge him with.

We also delve deep into the police investigation and highlight the many failings of the West Yorkshire Police Force and the many times Peter Sutcliffe should have been caught.

Using Home Office files that the author had released under the FOI Act at the National Archives, this is the true story of the Yorkshire Ripper – and the 32 girls and women whose lives he affected forever.

In researching this book, the author contacted some of the those whose lives were affected by Sutcliffe. One of those, Mo Lea, kindly agreed to write the foreword for the book having read it in full:

This book is a very valuable contribution, knocking all the other books out there about Sutcliffe well off the shelf!

This is a very thorough and incredibly well researched account of the murders and attacks of Peter Sutcliffe. Chris has produced a comprehensive report that is the best reference book on Peter Sutcliffe’s killing spree. Aspects of the consequences of the investigation are laid bare, clearly underlining where procedures went wrong, especially relating to how the police took John Humble’s hoax seriously.

Chris provides insight with an intelligent overview of how the findings of the Byford and Sampson Reports show how the West Yorkshire Police mishandled the investigation.

Compact, condense and a valuable read to anyone interested in his crimes.

Mo Lea, survivor of an attack by Peter Sutcliffe

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About Chris Cook

A true crime fanatic, who enjoys re-investigating real life crimes and un-earthing new, never seen or heard before information to add to the narrative. I have a range of interests, including football, Formula 1 and natural disasters. I’m from a working-class background in Kent and work at a University in London.

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