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Luke Evans will play Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins whose book, Catching The Bullseye Killer, is the basis of the series. They had travelled to Pembrokeshire for a holiday virtually every summer for the past 20 years, in the early days taking their son Tim with them. Luckily the majority of artefacts were archived and preserved for future analysis when that technology became available. On 22nd December 1985 the psychopath decided to rob a three-story farmhouse at Scoveston Park, Milford Haven owned by middle-aged siblings Richard and Helen Thomas. 'Damned by evil' - Wrexham's murderous past, John William Cooper: 'the Bullseye murderer', Croydon 1995, a man abducts a 9 year old and horrifically indecently assaults her. His other known victims were brother and sister Helen and Richard Thomas who were shot at their Milford Haven manor house in 1985, which was then set alight and destroyed.
The cowardly attacker again was John William Cooper. Craig Tinker dies as Scott shoots him in horror robbery in Corrie?
Whether Cooper couldn’t resist taking a ‘trophy’ as a macabre reminder of his violent crime or because he simply thought the shorts would be useful to wear, it was Cooper’s own insistence in a police interview that the shorts in the suspect picture were longer than the ones in his possession that led to a breakthrough. Meanwhile, with Cooper residing in prison and with remand meaning a lighter sentence than originally given, the clock was ticking down to the release of a sadistic killer back on the streets and one who may take to killing again for a few pounds.
Luke Evans is set to star in a new true crime drama about the Bullseye Killer titled The Pembrokeshire Murders. Time was of the essence to keep him in prison for life. Dr Angela Gallop of LGC Forensics played a major role in discovering vital evidence from the shorts. Detective Chief Inspector Steve Wilkins said the review, codenamed Operation Ottawa, would leave no stone unturned. Then in 1996, seven years after the Dixons died, a serious incident occurred in Milford Haven. Luke will star in the ITV drama as Steve Wilkins, the senior detective who led the group responsible for bringing the killer to justice, as well as co-authoring the book Catching the Bullseye Killer with ITV Cymru presenter Jonathan Hill, which the TV series is based on. Because of the “execution style” killing and the isolated area in which the murders were committed, it was thought the Dixons may have stumbled across drug smugglers. The murders also affected the West Wales tourism industry at the time and an aircraft was even used to sweep the area regularly to help reassure people. that would link him to two double murders and the sexual assault of two teenage girls.
Then, in November 2007, Dyfed-Powys Police ordered a review of the two double murders using the latest DNA techniques and other modern forensic detection methods. The couple’s devastated family said the couple, who at the time had two grown-up children, “could have holidayed anywhere in the world” but always chose Pembrokeshire because they loved the scenery and the warmth of the local people.
It took twenty-five-years of police investigation and forensic research to finally bring to book a killer who behind the facade of family-man respectability was, in reality, a violent robber, callous rapist and four times murderer, with a penchant for brutality that verged on the pathological.
The Welshman from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, even presented his curly-haired avuncular side to the nation through television quiz shows, notably ITV’s Bullseye in the late ’80s. It resulted in the conviction of John William Cooper, 64, of Letterston, near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, for all four murders. It is a unique and disturbing case in that it took over two decades to bring the serial killer to justice. Presented by the jocular Jim Bowen, Cooper exchanged trivialities revealing to the nation that his ‘unusual’ hobby was scuba diving. Cooper maintained the image of a family man who liked a flutter. 5 years ago | 8 views. Two IRA men were later arrested and jailed in connection with the weapons find and there remained a suspicion the Dixons may have unwittingly stumbled across, if not a drugs cache, then possibly the buried IRA arms stash. In a rare moment of panic, he ditched his balaclava and gloves in a hedgerow which police later retrieved. It took another two years of collating witness statements and scrutinising thousands of old exhibits before the Ottawa team were convinced that the same person was responsible for all three crimes.
Two years later, a 53-year-old man was questioned about that attack, and the Scoveston Manor and Dixon murders, but no charges were pressed. Such a person they believed had the ability to control multiple victims, understood the rural area and was unafraid to use extreme violence at the hands of a shotgun.
Police had few leads but, immediately, similarities with what happened at Scoveston Manor in 1985 were evident. Luke Evans will star as the cop who nailed the brutal 'Bullseye' murderer John Cooper, who will be played by Keith Allen, Get the biggest stories sent straight to your inbox. In total Cooper fired five times, continuing to shoot sadistically at the already dead bodies which were not discovered until five days later when their worried son contacted the Dyfed Powys Police to report his missing parents.
Such a brutal and inexplicable murder of a harmless middle-aged couple in a peaceful rural setting fuelled conspiracies including theories that Peter and Gwenda may have interrupted a drug gang or had stumbled on an ammunition and weapons cache by the likes of the IRA or members of a criminal gang. Unable to explain how his shorts had DNA evidence from Dixon, police were astonished by the way Cooper unashamedly passed the blame onto his innocent son by suggesting that the young lad would borrow his shorts. The Pembrokeshire Murders is the latest in a long line of true crime drama commissions to come from ITV, with David Tennant set to star as serial killer Dennis Nilsen in three part drama Des in 2020. The Pembrokeshire Murders will be made by World Productions - the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard - and will also star Owen Teale as Gerard Elias, Alexandria Riley as Jackie Richards, Caroline Berry as Pat Cooper, Oliver Ryan as Andrew Cooper and David Fynn as ITV News journalist Jonathan Hill - who co-wrote The Bullseye Killer with Wilkins.
In one house robbery, Cooper had terrified a lone elderly woman.
Similar to the trademark violence later played out in 1989, Cooper had threatened his victims with a shotgun before tying them up, robbing and then shooting them both at close range.
In 1998 he was arrested after 30 robberies and violent assault. But the vital ‘nugget’ was soon to be revealed relating to the pair of khaki shorts taken from Cooper’s bedroom and which bore a resemblance to the shorts worn by a suspect seen at an ATM machine using Peter Dixon’s bank card. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of Terms and Conditions.
Whether Cooper made appearances on television out of vanity, a need for money or self-belief in his deluded sense of invincibility - the irony is that his Bullseye appearance was to be his undoing a few years down the line.
One name that kept cropping up was Cooper’s.
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Cooper’s demeanour, often shouting and becoming irate demonstrated a degree of anxiety.
Now the brutal killings of Helen and Richard Thomas and Gwenda and Peter Dixon will be turned into a true crime drama by ITV called The Pembrokeshire Murders. Four years before the Pembrokeshire murders Cooper had carried out his first double killing with equal ferocity.
Pembrokeshire in southwest Wales is renowned for its outstanding coastal beauty and nature trails. John William Cooper (born 3 September 1944) is a Welsh serial killer and diagnosed psychopath.On 26 May 2011, Cooper was given a whole life order for the 1985 double murder of siblings Richard and Helen Thomas, and the 1989 double murder of Peter and Gwenda Dixon. According to his son in a television documentary, Cooper never shared his winnings with his family and quickly went through a win of £70,000 leading yet again to desperation to find money. Are you watching White House Farm? Peter was forced to hand over his bank card together with the PIN number. The shorts had in fact been taken from the Dixons' rucksack and belonged to the murdered couple’s daughter.
But the major stumbling block to making an official arrest and charging Cooper with murder was obtaining that vital nugget of forensic evidence linking him to the attack on the Dixons in 1989. On a lighter note, Michael Sheen will be transforming into gameshow host Chris Tarrant for Quiz, which charts the renowned Who Wants To Be A Millionaire cheating scandal by coughing Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana. ‘It’s a huge responsibility for me as the drama depicts a true crime which to this day still affects the families of those whose lives were tragically taken.’. The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Bullseye Killer - Ebook written by Steve Wilkins. Still not known as a killer he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
So how did he get out after just 29.
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The Dixons’ murder would become one of Britain’s most notorious unsolved double killings, featuring in countless newspaper and magazine articles and being featured several times on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme. Luke Evans will play Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins whose book, Catching The Bullseye Killer, is the basis of the series.
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