Season 2 - Episode 22

DESCRIPTION

Between 1975 and 1980 The Yorkshire Ripper used the North of England as a hunting ground. He spread fear not just in Yorkshire, but across the entire country.

The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, killed thirteen women and attacked eight others. But before his capture, police were duped by a recording and three letters sent by a hoaxer. The voice on the tape claimed that he was the serial killer. This false evidence would derail the investigation, and divert attention away from the real culprit. 

Police would later discover the recordings were made by John Humble.

For over a quarter of a century, the answer to the question, who is “Wearside Jack”, would remain unanswered, and John would lead detectives on a wild goose chase that may have cost three women their lives.

*** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED AS THIS EPISODE CONTAINS ADULT THEMES AND DESCRIPTIONS THAT SOME LISTENERS MAY FIND DISTRESSING *** 

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MUSIC: 

Words or Silence 2 by P C III

Words or Silence 1 by P C III

Labyrinth by Sergey Cheremisinov

Hot Soup On Cold Days by P C III

All music sourced from http://freemusicarchive.org and used under an Attribution License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

REFERENCES: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-12396506

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1513568/Police-tricked-by-loser-with-grim-obsession.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/4825820.stm

https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/man-who-threw-detectives-trail-5059845

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/wearside-jack-i-deserve-to-go-to-jail-for-evil-ripper-hoax-6106028.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1513570/The-men-who-warned-that-it-was-all-a-fake.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wearside_Jack

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4743358.stm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1355082/Sex-offender-Christopher-Smith-admits-Yorkshire-Ripper-Joan-Harrison-murder.html

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/i-did-it-because-i-was-bored-and-on-the-dole-1-2608755

https://web.archive.org/web/20060822111149/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/crime/caseclosed/yorkshireripper1.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/4825622.stm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/yorkshire-ripper-hoaxer-wearside-jack-2053906

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bradford/6079462.stm

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/oct/20/ukcrime

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/i-am-the-ripper-hoaxer-579914

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/7154366.Ripper_hoax__accused_in_court/?ref=arc

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/mar/21/ukcrime.uknews21

https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/hoaxer-called-ripper-victim-s-mum-1-1106204

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/712026.Ripper_hoaxer_gets_eight_years/

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ripper-hoaxer-rot-prison-1528373

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/crime/joan-s-killer-unmasked-after-35-years-1-3057167

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/8844572.Wife_Killer_s_link_to_murder_in_1970s/

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/crime/joan-s-killer-unmasked-after-35-years-1-3057167

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/mar/22/ukcrime.davidward

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/8088145.Ripper_hoaxer_gets_eight_years/

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jail-appeal-by-ripper-hoax-man-633741

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