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Wicked beyond belief : the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper
Bilton, Michael.
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London : HarperCollins, [2003]

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xxxiv, 734 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates ; 18 cm
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HV6248.S69 B55 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The police handling of the Yorkshire Ripper case, which spanned over 14 years, is investigated in this book. For the first time, the files have been opened, the detectives are talking and the victims are reliving the nightmare. For over 20 years, the dark secrets of the biggest criminal manhunt in British history have remained a closed book. Detectives refused all requests to tell the inside story of the Yorkshire Ripper investigation that logged over two million man-hours of police work. The victims who survived maintained a wall of silence. And the detailed forensic evidence, witness statements and autopsy reports have remained locked away. Until now. Michael Bilton has persuaded the key people to talk. After years of research he can finally reveal the truth behind the murder enquiry that left Peter Sutcliffe free to kill again and again. With exclusive access to the detectives involved, to pathologist's archives and confidential police reports, the story of the hunt is revealed.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Dramatis Personaep. xv
Chronologyp. xix
Mapp. xxii
Prefacep. xxv
1. Contact and Exchangep. 1
2. The Diabetic Detectivep. 35
3. 'A Man with a Beard'p. 62
4. Tracks in the Grassp. 79
5. Impressions in Bloodp. 102
6. A Fresh Startp. 136
7. Punter's Moneyp. 167
8. 'The Job Is Life; Life Is the Job'p. 200
9. A Miserable Place To Diep. 227
10. Chinese Wallsp. 253
11. The Wrong Trackp. 274
12. Going Covertp. 297
13. 'He Comes from Sunderland'p. 320
14. Bad Feelingsp. 358
15. Swamped by Paperp. 396
16. 'He Lives Somewhere, He Works for Someone'p. 434
17. 'The Beast I Am'p. 462
18. Mad or Bad?p. 500
19. DNA, DNA, DNAp. 534
Endpiece: A Suitable Case for Treatment?p. 563
Note on Sourcesp. 581
Text Notes and Referencesp. 588
Bibliographyp. 640
Author's Note on the Appendicesp. 654
Appendix A Statement of Peter William Sutcliffe to West Yorkshire Police, 4 January 1981p. 659
Appendix B Subsequent Police Statements, January-February 1981p. 689
Indexp. 723