When will 'The Ripper' premiere on Netflix? Here's all about docuseries on serial killer Peter Sutcliffe
Richard McCann, whose mother Wilma was Sutcliffe's first victim, is an active part of the series and believes the name of the documentary could potentially 'inspire other serial killers'
Long after Jack, the Ripper's reign of terror had ended, there was another man terrorizing the streets of London. Dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others between 1975 and 1980. Sutcliffe recently died in prison, on November 13, 2020. Survived by a mother, his infamous life is now the topic of an upcoming Netflix docuseries. Here's all you need to know about the four-part thrilling ride that the serial killer's first victim's son believes could inspire more into committing similar atrocities.
'The Ripper' premieres this Wednesday, December 16, with all four episodes available for streaming only on Netflix from midnight or 12 am PT. The East Coast will be able to stream the docuseries from 3 am ET and Mexican viewers can stream starting 2 am on the same date. For British viewers, the docuseries will be available to stream from 8 am.
The official synopsis presented by Netflix states: "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. It was a time of national hysteria. 13 women were dead and the police seemed incapable of catching the killer. No one felt safe – and every man was a suspect. Chronicling the twists and turns of the largest police manhunt in British police history, this evocative four part series re-examines the crimes within the context of England in the late 1970s: a time of radical change, de-industrialization, poverty, masculinity, and misogyny, all of which contributed to the Ripper evading capture for so long."
Based on the true, horrific crimes of Sutcliffe, 'The Ripper' is told through real-life recounts in the form of a bunch of interviews with investigators, journalists and survivors. Sutcliffe was sentenced to life imprisonment and died a month ago at the age of 74. The manhunt orchestrated for his capture was one of the most expensive manhunts in British history. This eventually led to heavy criticism and flak thrown at the West Yorkshire Police for failing to catch Sutcliffe, despite interviewing him nine times in the five-year course of their investigation.
Netflix's official trailer is a vivid portrayal of the despair and disturbia that Sutcliffe's reign of terror in the late '70s had stirred in the Yorkshire community. With both investigators and survivors coming on board to recount their dealings with the infamous serial killer, the docuseries becomes a must-watch for any fan of the true-crime genre. Richard McCann, whose mother Wilma was Sutcliffe's first victim, is an active part of the series and he believes the name of the documentary could potentially 'inspire other serial killers'. Check out the trailer for yourself right here.
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