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Summary

Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

Carolyn Pickles retraces the true story of how 11 people came to be brutally cut with a deadly sharp implement, in a spate of attacks that left a town in a state of fear and police mystified about the identity of the attacker.

Halifax, West Yorkshire, 1938. The hunt is on for a razor-wielding attacker, possibly a murderer. The papers name him 'The Halifax Slasher'. A huge reward is offered for leads to his arrest. Vigilante groups form, and innocent men are set upon. Baffled, police argue with each other about how to catch the suspect.

This real-life whodunnit is told in the voices of victims, police officers, newspapers, townsfolk and historians.

The evidence is all here. Can you guess the Slasher's identity?

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Didn't stop listening until the very end

This is so very good. A lot of True Crime is sensationalist, somewhat sordid & exploits the victims and I avoid it.
This podcast is not that sort of thing at all.
It covers social history, local oral history, the context of both time & place and is a really fascinating story, deftly told.
It's very well-written & researched and Carolyn Pickles is excellent as she leads us through what happened.
Book all those concerned to make more like this!

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The truth is stranger than fiction..

.. and a lot more entertaining. This next bit is just to make up the word count.

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Gripping !!

Couldnt stop listening to it,so interesting i love a true crime story .The end was a total shocker not what i was expecting at all .Brilliant !

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Brilliant

I thought this was brilliant, easy to listen and a true story, well worth a listen

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Amazing story

I work with young people and hear story’s of self harm all the time. This really makes you think hard about the mentality of people and why they do what they do.
What makes it worse? It’s true!

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Fascinating story!

I was born & bred in Halifax and had never heard anything about this. It was so interesting & I loved hearing all the different street names & places. Will be asking my family if they have any stories about this, well worth a listen!

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I cannot believe the rave reviews.

Why do podcast makers use a loud musical background?

The music background is my first and major complaint, but really this tale could have been told in one third of the time. The narrators sounded like an amateur drama group, and the story, true or not, wasn't worth the effort!

I just feel that I have wasted 4 hours for no purpose at all!

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Well paced and thought provoking

Listened to this over the course of a few days commutes. By the end of episode 5 I was very keen to know what the outcome would be.
The tempo of the shows is very well judged. you don't feel messed about as a listener but there is certainly a sense of dramatic tension building.
The narration is always clear, and the acted parts, though enthusiastic, never descend into pure ham.
recommended

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News to me

West Riding born and yet this was news to me. A truly interesting story that I will share with all and sundry now!

Interesting to hear Carolyn Pickles as the reader too.

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very enjoyable

A very clever and enjoyable telling of historical crime brought to life by good acting 👏

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