Case Study: The Yorkshire Ripper

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Peter William Sutcliffe otherwise known as ‘The Yorkshire Ripper ' was arrested on January 1st, 1981 after a murderous spree which spanned five years and claimed the lives of 13 women and attempting to murder a further seven (see appendix for details of victims). The case engulfed the nation as one of the most brutal in modern history since that of ‘Jack the Ripper ' in the 1800 's hence why the media adopted the term ‘Yorkshire ripper ' when addressing the case. Although known for the heinous crimes and number of them the case is also infamous for the failings of the West Yorkshire Police force in its hunt of Sutcliffe. The tension throughout West Yorkshire left neighbour suspecting neighbour and women afraid to be out at night alone. Despite the efforts of the police force, it was a standard patrol with an experienced officer who was training another that caught Sutcliffe and brought an end to his spree.

Investigative Strategies
As very little was known about the suspect they were searching for the investigative strategies were centrally focused on the little information they had to proceed with. Due to the first possible notion which was that the killer was targeting prostitutes, units were dispatched to the areas that were known for prostitution. Their goal was to note the vehicles that frequented these areas in an attempt to
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The harrowing thought that the victims were not solely prostitutes but also included a civil servant and a student left many women feeling especially vulnerable. This was amplified by the police 's continual failings to apprehend the man responsible as the years went on. Women 's reaction to the ongoing unsolved case was to somewhat turn against men in general branding them ‘the enemy ', there were also many protests aimed at the shortfalls of the police force (Bindel,

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