First trailer for Netflix's Yorkshire Ripper doc reveals how Peter Sutcliffe's victims’ pleas were ignored by police

NETFLIX has provided a glimpse of its long-awaited documentary on the Yorkshire Ripper – just days after he died.

The four-part series, which starts on December 16, looks at how serial killer Peter Sutcliffe terrorised the streets of Britain from 1975 to 1980.

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A trailer for The Ripper released by the streaming giant shows how unflinching its look back at his murders will be.

But it isn't a shock doc, it's a careful examination of the impact on Sutcliffe's victims and the issues of the time – including police mishandling of the case – which hampered the investigation.

The frail serial killer died on November 16 in to HM Prison Frankland, Durham, aged 74, taking many secrets of his evil deeds to his grave.

The murders whipped up national hysteria, with a long line of women in the north of England butchered and police seemingly incapable of catching the killer.

Until he was finally arrested and jailed for life in 1981, every woman felt unsafe and every man was seen as a suspect.

The Ripper will feature testimony from senior police officers, journalists and family members who were involved and affected by the killings.

Made by the same team who gave us Netflix hit doc Don't F**k With Cats, it looks at how poverty, masculinity and misogyny, all of which contributed to the Ripper evading capture for so long.

It comes as ITV announced an "eye-watering" dramatisation of the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper by the writers of Killing Eve.

The channel had huge success with recent drama Des – about serial killer Dennis Nilsen – and now it wants to capitalise on that with a new six-episode series.

The drama will be based on Michael Bilton's book Wicked Beyond Belief: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, and Killing Eve's George Kay has developed the scripts.

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