I don’t mean to trivialise these evil men and their abhorrent crimes but are we glamourising them with the constant stream of true crime documentaries, or is it important to bring their crimes to light?
I mean that as a rhetorical question and I don’t expect an answer, but Netflix and the like have clearly recognised the current zeitgeist and true crime obsession in order to bringing us compelling series after series.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Abducted in Plain Sight and The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann are but a few of the recent additions to the genre, and now it seems we have another in the form of a series about The Yorkshire Ripper.
Peter Sutcliffe is one of the most infamous serial killers in Britain, using hammers, knives and screwdrivers to murder 13 women while trying to kill seven more between 1975 and 1980.
The Netflix show will shine a light on his crimes through the view point of victim’s families and surviving victims. The show will also reportedly uncover crimes carried out by the killer that he was not convicted for.
A TV source told The Mirror said: “This will be a huge programme for Netflix and is likely to follow the same format as the Madeleine programme.
“It will focus on victims and the terrible impact of his attacks. It will also examine the dreadful police blunders around the case. Crucially, it will try to throw up fresh clues about crimes Sutcliffe has never been convicted of.
“That would help make it a smash hit both in the UK – and other countries like America and Australia where he is a notorious name.”
A relative of one victim said: “They are speaking to a lot of people and going back over everything, treating it very seriously and also like a new investigation into him.”
Now 72-years-old, Sutcliffe is serving a life sentence for his crimes after being jailed at the Old Bailey in May 1981. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at the time and was later transferred from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to Frankland Prison in Durham in August 2016.
Production firm Raw TV is racing to finish the programme before the killer dies as he is ailing with diabetes, heart and kidney problems.
It’s not currently known when the series will be released but given the immense popularity of these kind of documentaries you’d think Netflix will be keen to strike while the iron’s hot.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.