A total of 85 people have died in the waterways of Greater Manchester over the past six years, 72 of those have been men. In 28 of the cases, the coroner is able to offer no clear cause of death, which has fuelled rumours that a serial killer is on the loose. The GMP dispute these rumours, claiming that there is no evidence to support a serial killer is responsible for these deaths. However, the unanswered questions have left the friends and relatives of the deceased feeling there is more to this story than meets the eye.
*Warning! Content contains graphic images* Ed Gein was an American murderer and body snatcher, claiming to have made over 40 trips to three local cemeteries during his lifetime. Using the bones and skin from the corpses, Gein concocted a series of bizarre and grotesque trophies, including a pair of gloves, an apron, a lampshade and a mask. Upon his arrest in 1957, he confessed to the murder of two women, a tavern owner named Mary Hogan in 1954, and Bernice Warden, a hardware store owner in 1957.
David Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer, who terrorised the streets of New York City for over a year. Using a .44 Caliber Bulldog revolver, he killed six people and left seven others severely injured. This left the citizens of New York City stricken with fear, and gave Berkowitz worldwide notoriety. He was eventually arrested in August 1977, when he confessed to his crimes and was condemned to serve six life sentences consecutively.
Peter Sutcliffe is a British serial killer who was responsible for the deaths of 13 women between from 1975 until his arrest in 1980. Dubbed by the press as “The Yorkshire Ripper”, he terrorised the northern women of Britain and is known as one of the worst serial killers in British history. Now residing in Broadmoor Hospital, Sutcliffe is told he will never be released, despite his several appeals.
Albert Fish was an American serial killer, with cannibalistic tenancies who claimed to have left a trail of over 100 victims in his wake. Confessing to have “had children in every state,” the self proclaimed child rapist and cannibal was arrested in 1934 after sending a harrowing letter to one of his victims’ parents. He was put on trial for the murder and kidnapping of Grace Budd, found guilty and executed by the electric chair.