UK 'Wearside Jack' speaks: hoaxer derailed Yorkshire Ripper investigation in 1979

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer Wearside Jack speaks for first time about 'prank' that derailed serial killer investigation. (Mirror)
    more at the link, with pictures and a video
     
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  3. tezi

    tezi Member of Websleuths since 2000.

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    I remember reading about this case in a John Douglas book.

    Thank you for the update Woofie...Did they ever find the real "Yorkshire Ripper?"
     
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    Cappuccino Well-Known Member

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    That's interesting. I always thought John Humble was a latent psychopath himself - one of those who didn't want to take the risk of killing for himself but was getting his jollies from helping the Ripper. I didn't realise he'd rang the police twice to tell them it was a hoax or that he'd attempted suicide.

    That article makes him sound stupid and pathetic rather than evil. Still glad he got caught and punished though, interfering in the hunt for a serial killer takes stupid to a whole other level, IMO.
     
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    What an awful waste of resources he caused.
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    It was worse than a waste of resources I'm afraid. Peter Sutcliffe was already on the radar but was discounted as a suspect due to Humble's activities because he didn't sound like the man in the tapes. Sutcliffe went on to claim three more lives.
     

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