Case 218

The Blackout Killers

*** Content Warning: serial killer, sexual assault ***

[Part 1 of 2]

At the height of World War Two in London, a serial killer roamed the streets. In just one week in February 1942, he killed four women and attempted to kill others, taking them by surprise at night during the enforced blackout periods.

The brutal murders happened in such quick succession that the detectives assigned to the case struggled to keep up with the killer. However, detectives were soon knocking at a Royal Air Force billet. Evidence pointed to a cadet named Gordon Cummins as the serial killer. But was he guilty or had a careless mistake on his part caused unwarranted suspicion?



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The Blackout Ripper – Crime and Investigation Network



Modern Jack the Ripper to hang for vile crimes – Truth

Murder No. 4 – Daily Herald

Teeth identify murdered Newcastle woman – Evening Chronicle

Shelter murder: taxi traced – Evening Chronicle

Robbery was motive in shelter murder – Leicester Evening Mail

Radio muffles a West End murder – Evening Standard

London murders: two more women strangled – The Birmingham Mail

‘Ideal’ wife’s fate: husband tells of discovery – Liverpool Echo

Terror stalked the West End last night – Sunday Pictorial

Ashington crime: Police appeal to man – Sunday Sun

Triple murder charge – The Birmingham Mail

Gas mask led to airman’s arrest – Newcastle Journal and North Mail

Child’s evidence in murder trial – Derby Evening Telegraph

Murder trial halted – Birmingham Gazette

Air cadet to die for “ghoulish” murder – Birmingham Gazette

RAF cadet’s appeal dismissed – Daily Mail

No reprieve for air cadet – Citizen

Last moves to delay execution fail – Daily Herald

A ripper at large – Liverpool Echo



London during the German Blitz (Officially licenced for use in this podcast from Periscope Film LLC)

Have your gas masks with you (Officially licenced for use in this podcast from British Pathe Ltd) 

Battle of Britain, Royal Air Force (Officially licenced for use in this podcast from Periscope Film LLC)

Terror During The Blitz: The Blackout Ripper | Murder Maps | Real Crime



The Blackout Murders: The Compelling True Story – Simon Read


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