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by Bill Formby
It turns out it is somewhat of a docudrama of an actual serial killer case in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the Yorkshire and Manchester area of England. What makes it really interesting is how badly the police handled the case, and how the public began to react to the suggestions of the police. It was, it seemed, the birth of feminism in Britain.
One gets an inside view of British politics and how the British women react to being told to stay off the streets at night unless accompanied by a male companion while insisting that the Ripper was only targeting prostitutes, which was not the case. The Ripper also killed an equal number of “innocent” women.
What I found really interesting was the fact that America was having its own problems with serial killers during this same time period and not having much more success, but they were getting more public support than their British counterparts. The Ripper ended up killing 13 women over a five-year period, while Ted Bundy during a similar period killed more than 30.
For those who are interested in how archaic police work used to be compared to today, it is an interesting stroll back through history, as well as the misogynistic views of the British Constabulary.