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An Exploration of the Changes to the Police Investigation of Homicide in England and Wales from the 1980s to the Present: A Qualitative Research Study

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By: Sophie Pike Published: 2016 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
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Abstract

The 6-year investigation by England's West Yorkshire Police to apprehend Peter Sutcliffe, a now infamous serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper, in the late 1970s and early 1980s was widely criticised. This led to a public inquiry calling for changes in homicide investigation. This case was pivotal in the investigation of major crime, which was already marred by corruption and miscarriages of justice, and triggered a reform process that continues today. Nevertheless, flawed and highly criticised investigations continue to occur, suggesting that the investigation of major crime remains fallible. My doctoral research explores the changing nature of homicide investigation between the 1980s and the present considering what it is to be a modern-day detective, compared to the detective of the past. Using interviews with ...

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