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Yorkshire Ripper story

Yorkshire Ripper story
Interview; Documentary; Press conference; Speech
TX Date
Jan 1981
Year of production
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Documentary on the crimes and capture of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper. Includes comment from West Yorkshire Police spokesman Jim Hobson; Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield; Irene MacDonald, mother of victim Jayne MacDonald; Sutcliffe’s former boss William Clark; Sutcliffe’s neighbour Melissa Birdsall; Eric Robinson, former work colleague; Doreen Hill, mother of victim Jacqueline Hill; Mick Sutcliffe, brother; David Leach, father of victim Barbara Leach (interviewed by Christa Ackroyd - not heard in clip); Olivia Reivers, prostitute; Olive Smelt, survivor of attack. Also contains recording of hoax tape sent to police by someone purporting to be the Ripper (later revealed to be John Humble). Presented by Douglas Cameron.
George Oldfield; Douglas Cameron; William Clark; Doreen Hill; John Humble; Irene MacDonald; Melissa Birdsall; Eric Robinson; Mick Sutcliffe; Olivia Reivers; Olive Smelt; James Hobson
Crime; Police; Homicide; Murderers; Yorkshire Ripper; Peter Sutcliffe; Prostitutes; Policing practice; Criminal investigation; Arrests; Sonia Sutcliffe

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