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It was the biggest, most costly hoax of the 20th century, the results of which were wasted lives, money and police resources. In the midst of the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, police were thrown off the scent by an elaborate hoax. Letters and tapes sent to the police contained information they claimed could only be known by the serial killer himself and led them to a costly conclusion: that the hoaxer and the Ripper were one and the same. This book examines the massive police hunt for the man who became known as "Wearside Jack". It reveals the various theories about the identity of Wearside Jack, his probable motive for the hoax and the unusual series of events that took police away from the trail of arguably Britain's worst serial killer.
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Patrick Lavelle has been a journalist in the North East of England for over 15 years. He has won many awards for journalism and currently works on the Sunderland Echo. He lives in Sunderland with his partner and son.
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Book Description Blake, 2003. Hardcover / Hardback. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Hardback. The hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper was the biggest manhunt in Britain in the 20th century. At its height, police received hoax letters and a tape from a Wearside man claiming to be the Ripper himself. Police believed the claim to be authentic, as the man revealed chilling details of Ripper murders that were not public knowledge. The murder of Joan Harrison in Preston, believed to be the work of the Ripper, provided a further link between the Ripper and the hoaxer: there were forensic matches between that crime scene and the hoax letters. To police and public, Ripper and hoaxer became one and the same person. This assumption proved deadly. The hunt for 'Wearside Jack' took the spotlight off suspect Peter Sutcliffe and allowed him to kill 3 more times. Sutcliffe still denies that the murder of Joan Harrison was his work, stating 'I did not kill thst girl'. Three burning questions remain unanswered. Who was the hoaxer? Who murdered Joan? Did they share an identity? The author digs deep into the hoax and the unsolved murder, examining the evidence that led police to their costly conclusions, and the possible links between Wearside Jack and the Yorkshire Ripper. The prime suspect for the murder of Joan Harrison is revealed, as is the identity of Wearside Jack. Includes a chapter on Jack the Ripper. Illus., Significant Dates + Bibliog. 318pp. lge. size 8vo. h/back. From the library of true-crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in f. dw. Seller Inventory # 14317