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Netflix's Yorkshire Ripper Documentary Lands On Wednesday

Netflix's Yorkshire Ripper Documentary Lands On Wednesday

Netflix's new documentary, The Ripper is landing on the streaming platform on Wednesday and it looks so harrowing.

You can watch the trailer below:

The four-part documentary, from the makers of Don't F**k with Cats, follows the shocking case of the Yorkshire Ripper - real name Peter Sutcliffe - who for five years between 1975 and 1980, murdered 13 women in the north of England.

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Hearing from investigators, journalists, survivors and the victims' families, the documentary series chronicles what became one of the largest police manhunts in British history.

It reflects on how, during the five years, nobody felt safe - women were terrified and the police seemed incapable of catching the killer.

28-year-old mother-of-four Wilma McCann was Sutcliffe's first victim (Credit: PA)
28-year-old mother-of-four Wilma McCann was Sutcliffe's first victim (Credit: PA)

It also examines the misogyny of the investigation, and how the victims were let down by officers, with one person featuring in the trailer explaining: "It was the ultimate crime against women" while another person - interviewed at the time - said: "Five years is too long, if they haven't caught him now I don't think they ever will".

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Sutcliffe was interviewed nine times throughout the investigation, but consistently avoided arrest. The doc looks at why and how the brutal killer evaded capture for so long.

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The trailer shows how Sutcliffe was described as "one of the most cunning killers", with little seemingly done as his first victims were prostitutes.

Eventually, Sutcliffe was caught in January 1981 when police pulled him over in Sheffield for driving with false plates.

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Due to his appearance matching that of the killer, Dewsbury Police began questioning Sutcliffe and after two days, he admitted to the killings.

Sutcliffe died in prison last month (Credit: Shutterstock)
Sutcliffe died in prison last month (Credit: Shutterstock)

He was found guilty of murdering 13 women, the first being 28-year-old mother-of-four Wilma McCann.

He was later sentenced to 20 concurrent sentences of life imprisonment after pleading guilty to seven accounts of attempted murder also. Sutcliffe died last month aged 74 at HMP Frankland in County Durham.

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You can catch the Netflix doc on Wednesday 16th December.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV News, Netflix

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