Introduction: The Yorkshire Ripper Case—Exploring Recent Crime History

  • Louise Wattis
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


This introductory chapter provides an overview of the Sutcliffe murders before considering the criminological value of revisiting this infamous case involving the murder of thirteen women by Peter Sutcliffe. It is argued that exploring this case expands understandings of crime, history and place, violence against women, feminist history, struggles over the representation of prostitution/sex work, as well as a closer meditation on the figure of the victim as represented across a range of texts. In addition, the chapter also identifies the book’s methodological and theoretical approach as feminist cultural criminology, which stresses the importance of an engagement with history, academic criminology, cultural studies and popular criminology alongside the recognition of the role of gender in shaping violence and its representation.


Crime history Cultural criminology Feminism The Sutcliffe case 


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  1. 1.School of Social Sciences, Business, LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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