The Game Show Serial Killer: Police Tapes

The Game Show Serial Killer: Police Tapes
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Review

Susanna Reid outlines a remarkable cold case investigation in which a 1989 appearance on the ITV game show Bullseye would eventually help police to convict John Cooper of four murders.

Cooper was serving a prison sentence for brutally violent robberies when police in Pembrokeshire re-opened the investigations into the murders of brother and sister Richard and Helen Thomas in 1985, and married couple Peter and Gwenda Dixon on a remote coastal path in 1989.

Reid talks to investigating police officers and reviews tapes of police interviews with Cooper in which he tries to shift blame on to his entirely innocent son. But the Bullseye appearance leads to a crucial identification and there are two major forensic breakthroughs.

Summary

Susanna Reid tells the story of the search for Pembrokeshire serial killer John Cooper, who murdered four people in Wales between 1985 and 1989, but avoided capture for more than 20 years - until the combination of a new detective team, advances in forensic science finally brought him to justice in 2011. His crimes began in 1985, when he shot a brother and sister at their farm near Milford Haven. Four years later, he killed a couple as they walked along a coastal path. However, it would be his 1989 appearance the TV game show Bullseye that would eventually prove his undoing.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Susanna Reid
Director Mark Rossiter
Executive Producer Ninder Billing Khandelwal
Producer Mark Rossiter
Series Producer Liz Collier
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