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Chief Constable Ronald Gregory.  Wakefield

Was in overall control of enquiry

Resigned June 1983 after O' Gara's allegations were published in England.

Assistant Chief Con. George Oldfield. Leeds.

Took control of murder hunt after the Jayne McDonald murder.

He asked the media to identify the Irish suspect after the McDonald murder. Resigned June 1983.

Det. Chief Superintendent James Hobson. Leeds.

Assumed overall control after the Hill murder in 1980.

Resigned June 1983.

Deputy Chief Con. John Bennion. Leeds

Appointed A.C.C crime after Gregory resigned in 1983.

Moved from West Yorkshire after he found out about the cover-up

Deputy Chief Con. Austin Haywood. Leeds

Prevent press leaks to journalists during the murder hunt.


Det. Superintendent Alf Finlay. Leeds.

The Jacqueline Hill Murder enquiry and the murder of Mrs. Clay in Dewsbury.

Resigned in June 1983.

Chief Constable Colin Sampson. Leeds.

Conducted police internal enquiry in 1981.

Retired 1.4.1989, shortly after reading O' Gara manuscript.

Det. Superintendent Frank Morritt. Leeds

Jim Hobson's assistant and confidante


Chief Inspector Bullock. Leeds.

Investigated the Jackson murder


Chief Superintendent John Clark. Dewsbury.

In control of Sutcliffe as a suspect.

Insisted that Sutcliffe be interviewed by senior officers after his arrest. Retired

Bob Baxter Wakefield.

Chief press officers. W.Yorks police.

Facilitated a police cover-up.

A.C.C. Thomas M.Cook. Wakefield

Currently A.C.C. for crime

Engaged in the cover-up.

Chief Constable Peter Nobes. Wakefield

Assisted D.C.C. Colin Sampson in police internal enquiry

Retired 1993.

Superintendent Peter Silvester (community Affairs). Leeds.

Helped organise publicity campaign to identify the Geordie tape in 1979.


Det. Superintendent Geoge MacKeating. Wakefield

Came to Ireland in 1988 to collect murder weapon.

Det. Chief Superintendent Dick Holland. Bradford

In overall command in late 1979 when Oldfield had a heart attack. He got the tip-off from O'Gara.

After Sutcliffe's arrest, he offered him a deal for his admissions. He later told the Sunday Times journalist that a special squad should be set up to get the Irishman. Demoted and Resigned in 1983

Assistant Chief Constable John Domaille. Bradford.

In charge of the Atkinson murder and once in overall control

He reissued the identikit photo of the bearded Irishman in 1977.Resigned in 1984

Det.Chief Superintendent Peter Gilrain. Bradford.

In charge of  Leach murder and later in overall charge of enquiry.

Resigned 1983

Chief Superintendent Keith Hellewell.

Interviewed Sutcliffe in Jail,
Sends him XMAS cards

Moved to Humberside Police Force. Chief Constable of W. Yorks police since Feb 1993

Det. Sgt. Peter Smith. Bradford.

Conducted Sutcliffe's 3rd interview

At Sutcliffe's interrogation. " Wrote down confession." Retired in 1985

Det. Chief Inspector George Smith. Bradford

Investigated Leach murder.

Searched Sutcliffe's house on arrest. No evidence found Retired in 1981.

Chief Superintendent Trevor Lapish. Bradford

Investigated Pearson murder in 1978.


Detective Chief Inspector Wiseman. Bradford.

Investigated the Atkinson and Pearson murders.


Detective Constable Andrew Laptew. Bradford.

Interviewed Sutcliffe in 1979

Named Sutcliffe as ''Ripper' suspect. His reports were shelved by Chief Supt. Holland

Detective Inspector John Boyle. Bradford

(Click name for details)

On Ripper squad.

Recipient of Sutcliffe's "confession." Visited Tracey in 1983 in Ireland. Resigned July 1988. Now in jail!

Detective Sgt. John Mason. Bradford.

On ripper squad.

Assisted John Boyle with Tracey in 1983 in Ireland and met O' Gara in 1988.

Detective Superintendent Peter Penny. Bradford.

Investigated the Rogulsky assault in 1975.


Chief Constable James Anderton. Manchester

Jean Jordan and Vera Millward murders.
He was a Ripper suspect himself at one time because of his resemblance to Tracey and his lay preachers attitude towards prostitution.

Doesn't want to be told about it.

Chief Superintendent Jack Ridgeway. Manchester.

Chief of Manchester C.I.D. in charge of the Jordan and Millward murders.


Chief Inspector Frank Atkinson Manchester.

On Ripper squad.

Got the tip-off "Ripper" identity from N O' Gara in November 1979. Resigned.

Detective Sgt. Fletcher. Manchester.

On Ripper squad

Got the tip-off "Ripper" identity from N O' Gara in November 1979. Resigned.

Deputy Chief Constable John Stalker. Manchester.


Investigated O' Gara's allegations in 1987 after his reinstatement as A.C.C. Resigned 1987

Detective Constable Henderson. Manchester.


Met N. O' Gara at airport in November 1979.

Detective Constable Page Manchester.


Met N. O' Gara in November 1979.

Police Constable Webster.

Investigated Jordan murder.

Chief Constable A. Laugharne Preston.

Control of the Harrison murder enquiry.

Retired 1983.

Deputy Chief Constable J.W. Moody. Preston.

Responsible for the Harrison murder enquiry

Retired 1984

Detective Chief Supt. Wilfred Brooks. Preston.

In control of the Harrison murder enquiry

with Oldfield at Geordie tape press-conference. Resigned 1983

Chief Supt. Ray Rimmer. Preston.


Informed in 1983 by O' Gara. Resigned.

Detective Constable Frank Gardner. Preston

Interviewed Sutcliffe after his arrest re : Harrison murder.

Sutcliffe was eliminated by him.

Detective Superintendent Graham Gooch. Lancashire Police HQ.

In 2001 he officially dismissed all this evidence.


Police Sgt. Robert  Ring Sheffield.


Arrested Sutcliffe on suspicion in Sheffield. Retired.

Sgt. John Oldham. Crewe

Duty Sgt. When Richard Webb was charged with the

Det. Chief Supt. Bert Spencer Congleton.

Head of Cheshire C.I.D.  Resigned. overall charge of murder of Josephine Gross- Nicklaus.


Det. Chief Inspector Neville Jones, Congleton.

In charge of prosecuting court case for police.


Det. Sgt. John Evans Congleton.

Gross- Nicklaus murder

Arrested, interrogated and intimidated Webb. Resigned.

Inspector Derek Edwin Farmer. Chester

Gross- Nicklaus murder

Arrested, interrogated and intimidated Webb.

Commander Jim Neville Scotland Yard.

Called in to assist ripper enquiry in December 1979.

Resigned 1981.

Detective Chief Supt. Joe Bolton. Scotland Yard.

Called in to assist ripper enquiry in December 1979.


Assistant Chief Constable Brian Johnson. Northumbria.

To trace the Geordie voice.

With Oldfield at geordie tape press-conference in 1979. Now Chief Constable of Lancashire Police.

Chief Constable James Brownlow Sheffield.

Arrest of Sutcliffe in Sheffield.

Knowing Sutcliffe was not the Ripper he ordered his men not to comment on the arrest


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