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The Pembrokeshire Murders: Detecting the Bullseye Killer

Published by Seren

ISBN: 9781781728000

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This is the story of Operation Ottawa (2006-2009), the ‘cold case’ detection of John Cooper by Dyfed-Powys Police for two Pembrokeshire double killings: the Scoveston Manor murders of 1985 and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path murders of 1989. In May 2011, Cooper was convicted on all charges and jailed for life. For the first time, the lead detective opens the case files on how a vicious killer was brought to justice.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Wilkins explains how he gathered a specialist team to review the murders, used cutting-edge forensic techniques to prove Cooper’s involvement in the crimes, and even how the TV programme Bullseye led to a crucial breakthrough in the investigation.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Wilkins has 29 years’ Police service to his name, 27 as a Detective. He has also worked at the National Criminal Intelligence Service as Head of Region for the North West of England, and as the Head of Intelligence for the UK. Writing with Steve Wilkins is Jonathan Hill, a leading reporter and presenter on ITV Wales news for almost 20 years. He also made a documentary about the Cooper case, The Bullseye Murderer, broadcast on ITV Wales in 2011.

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