Somebody's Mother, Somebody's Daughter

Somebody's Mother, Somebody's Daughter

True Stories From Victims and Survivors of the Yorkshire Ripper

Book - 2019
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Much has been written about the brutal crimes of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, and - thirty-five years after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of at least thirteen women - scarcely a week goes by without some mention of him in the media. In any story featuring Sutcliffe, however, his victims are incidental, often reduced to a tableau of nameless faces. But each woman was much more than the manner of her death, and in Somebody's Mother, Somebody's Daughter, Carol Ann Lee tells, for the first time, the stories of those women who came into Sutcliffe's murderous orbit, restoring their individuality to them and giving a voice to their families, including the twenty-three children whom he left motherless. Based on previously unpublished material and fresh, first-hand interviews the book examines the Yorkshire Ripper story from a new perspective: focusing on the women and putting the reader in a similar position to those who lived through that time. The killer, although we know his identity, remains a shadowy figure throughout, present only as the perpetrator of the attacks. By talking to survivors and their families, and to the families of the murdered women, Carol Ann Lee gets to the core truths of their lives and experiences, not only at the hands of Sutcliffe but also with the Yorkshire Police and their crass and ham-fisted handling of the case, where the women were put into two categories: prostitutes and non-prostitutes. In this book they are, simply, women, and all have moving back-stories. Hard-hitting and wholly unique in approach, this timely book sheds new light on a case that still grips the nation.
Publisher: London :, Michael O'Mara BookS Limited,, 2019.
ISBN: 9781789290394
1789290392
9781789291308
Characteristics: xii, 324 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.

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