TRUE CRIME MUSEUM TALK – NOV 13 2015
I’m flattered to have been asked to speak at The True Crime Museum in Hastings about my most recent book, Yorkshire Ripper – The Secret Murders.
The book was prompted by extraordinarily diligent and painstaking research by a former police intelligence officer, Chris Clark. Chris’ work showed quite clearly that Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, was the most likely perpetrator of 23 additional murders, as well as several more attempts. The victims were men as well as women; and far from being an exclusively northern predator, the evidence suggests that Sutcliffe struck all over the country – from London to the Midlands as well as Yorkshire and Manchester.
These crimes have never – officially – been solved. That has caused immense distress to some of the victims families (as well as the surviving victims). But worse even that this, three entirely innocent men each spent half a lifetime in prison for murders which Sutcliffe almost certainly carried out. They were eventually freed – but the cases remain open.
My talk at the Crime Museum will detail these unsolved murders and attempted murders. But it will also examine how Sutcliffe was – wrongly – excluded as a suspect, and how a blanket of official secrecy has been thrown over these cold cases.
YORKSHIRE RIPPER – THE SECRET MURDERS
Where: The True Crime Museum, Seafront, Hastings, TN34 1JP
When: 7pm: Friday, November 13, 2015