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  • Wicked Beyond Belief

  • The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper
  • By: Michael Bilton
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)
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Wicked Beyond Belief

By: Michael Bilton
Narrated by: Marston York
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Summary

Now a major TV series

A gripping and probing account of the biggest criminal manhunt in British history.

It is over 40 years since Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attacking 7 more. Still, he remains a killer of almost mythical proportions; his surviving victims, and their families, forever attached to his infamy.

Michael Bilton’s acclaimed account is a powerful indictment of the calamitous investigation that logged over 2 million man-hours of police work – the biggest criminal manhunt in British history. With exclusive access to the detectives involved, the pathologist’s archives and declassified documents, this account reads like the most gripping of thrillers.

Fully updated for this edition.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Michael Bilton (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

‘A masterpiece that reads like a thriller’ Time Out

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Fascinating

Insightful, factual and brilliantly narrated. I could not stop listening to this account of the Yorkshire ripper investigation. A full record detailing the poor victims and the impact on their families, the police search, scientific evidence, psychologist reports and the man himself, without the usual tabloid sensationalism.

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excellent listen

learnt a lot more on what actually happened within the police force and where they went wrong more so than just missed opportunities like how many times he was interviewed. also A lot more victims than I originally thought just not as known because they survived or weren't accepted by the police as potential victims because they weren't working prostitutes

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An exellent book!

I highly recommend this book if you are interrested in the case or fan of the show ”Long shadow”

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Brilliant

I wanted to listen to this after watching the itv series. So interesting but horrifying and sad. Good narration

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A brilliant listen of the story about the hunt for the ripper in 1970's Yorkshire

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Very aptly titled

This was a harrowing listen and the title completely defines the subject of the investigation, who I will not dignify by naming. This thoroughly researched work correctly focuses on the victims whilst highlighting the flaws of the case. It is infuriating that so many chances were missed and evidence overlooked, however, we cannot view this with the hindsight of today's technology. It is clear that many of the individuals working on this case gave their utmost but poor management led the team down so many wrong paths. We should never forget those many individual, deceased and survivors, who were irrevocably affected by this case.

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Beyond understanding

This is an excellent book well narrated, minus the accents focused on those he murdered

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Good.

Very well researched. It does feel slightly long and repetitive in places but well worth a listen.

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Fantastic!

Really great listen. Lots of in-depth info about the way the police mishandled their investigation. Well done MB a compulsive listen and a compassionate(to the victims) account of the crimes of a truly evil man.

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Harrowing

A very difficult listern a very harrowing story excellently written and performed , found it very hard to turn off needs listerning too in one go

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