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Netflix Drops First Trailer For New Yorkshire Ripper Documentary

Netflix Drops First Trailer For New Yorkshire Ripper Documentary

Netflix has unveiled the first look trailer of its upcoming true-crime series, The Ripper.

The four-part documentary - set for release on 16th December - will follow the case that still haunts Britain today as they hear from investigators, journalists, survivors and the victims' families about Peter Sutcliffe's reign of terror in the 1970's.

The Ripper will also look at the overarching prejudices and misogyny that played such a huge part in the investigation, and how the women who were killed were so tragically let down by investigating officers.

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Made by the same team that made hit documentary Don't F**k with Cats, The Ripper will cast a careful examination over why Sutcliffe evaded capture for so long.

Peter Sutcliffe arriving at court in 1981. (Credit: PA)
Peter Sutcliffe arriving at court in 1981. (Credit: PA)

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

With one critic describing the Yorkshire Ripper as committing "the ultimate crime against women", panic started to erupt when a woman who was not a sex worker was killed.

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Many took to the streets in protest, with participants in the documentary explaining that they didn't believe the police would ever catch the killer after five years on the loose.

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When posting their trailer on Twitter, Netflix posted the entire list of names of Sutcliffe's victims in a bid to mark their memory.

Sutcliffe killed 13 women while he was active between 1975-1980, and attempted to kill seven others.

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The serial killer died last week aged 74, while serving a whole life term for murder at HMP Frankland in County Durham.


Peter Sutcliffe was sentenced to 20 life sentences for his crimes: (Credit: Shutterstock)
Peter Sutcliffe was sentenced to 20 life sentences for his crimes: (Credit: Shutterstock)

Netflix's new documentary comes after ITV announced a new dramatisation the Yorkshire Ripper's crimes by the writers of Killing Eve.

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The six episode series will be based on Michael Bilton's book Wicked Beyond Belief: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, and with writer George Kay developing the scripts.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: True Crime, Netflix

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Kimberley Bond

Kim is a journalist at Tyla, and has previously worked at the Evening Standard, Radio Times as well as several national newspapers. A showbiz obsessive and a television fanatic, Kim is particularly interested in celebrity gossip, A-list events and the latest releases on either the big or small screen. Contact her at kimberley.bond@tyla.com