What is The Ripper on Netflix about?

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If you enjoy crime documentaries, or you’re like me and listen to crime podcasts in your spare time, then you’ll want to know about a new series coming to Netflix next month. The streaming platform has released a trailer for The Ripper, a docuseries that will take a look at the Yorkshire Ripper investigation.

For those of you who don’t know (I certainly didn’t), the Yorkshire Ripper was an English serial killer who murdered 13 women between 1975 and 1980. He also attempted but failed to kill seven others. His nickname is a reference to the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper, an unidentified serial killer who committed their killing spree in London in 1888.

The Yorkshire Ripper case was notable because the West Yorkshire Police were criticized for being unprepared for such an important investigation, which was one of the largest ever conducted by a British police force. The case predated the use of computers, so a lot of details about the case were stored inefficiently, making the transfer of information that much harder. The Ripper will chronicle the turbulent investigation.

The killer, who was eventually discovered to be a man named Peter Sutcliffe, was actually interviewed by the police nine times, but the investigator’s ineffectiveness let him slip through the cracks.

As reported by Hello! Magazine, here is the film’s official synopsis:

"For five years, between 1975 to 1980, the Yorkshire Ripper murders cast a dark shadow over the lives of women in the North of England. 13 women were dead and the police seemed incapable of catching the killer. No one felt safe – and every man was a suspect."

Sutcliffe was eventually captured. He was convicted of the murders and sentenced to twenty simultaneous sentences of life imprisonment.

The series is set to premiere on Netflix on December 16. You can check out the trailer for The Ripper below.

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