Case File #0170
Wearside Jack
The Yorkshire Ripper Hoax
"I see you are still having no luck catching me"
Towards the end of the investigation to catch the Yorkshire Ripper, the police and media received several letters and a tape recording, purportedly from the killer himself. Initially considered a hoax, the whole focus of the hunt for the Ripper now changed to pinpoint the distinctive Wearside accent of the man on the recording. When Peter Sutcliffe was eventually captured for the Ripper crimes, it was learned he was not the author of the letters or tape. The police now hunted the hoaxer they referred to as Wearside Jack.
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