Freddie Mills rumours

Originally posted on robinjarossi.com 30 8 17 I only devote a page or so to the theory that British light-heavyweight boxer Freddie Mills was the Nude Killer in The Hunt for the 60s’ Ripper. The reasons for my scepticism? Mills never appeared in any police reports as a suspect and there are simply no facts…




Exploring true crime in Salford

Originally published on robinjarossi.com 13 11 17 Thank you to our hosts at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences at Salford University on Saturday. Ian Cummins invited me along to take part in the all-day event on the subject of True Crime: Fiction Is Far More True than Any Journalism. The process of writing, why…



BBC documentary talks to geo-profiler Kim Rossmo about Nude Murders

Originally posted on robinjarossi.com 6 11 17 The BBC producers of the new documentary about the 1960s Nude Killer have asked me to put them in touch with an investigative expert I know. Dr Kim Rossmo is a former detective inspector with Vancouver police. It was his most recent work as a geographic profiler that…



Wantage Betjeman Literary Festival

Originally posted on robinjarossi.com 31 10 17 I met an interesting group of readers when I went to speak to the Wantage Betjeman Literary Festival, which concluded over the weekend. Among those asking me questions about the Nude Murders case were a couple of retired police officers and a former nurse. The latter had come…



Catching a Serial Killer by Stephen Fulcher

Originally posted on robinjarossi.com 13 9 17 This book will leave you wondering at the injustice dished out to a detective trying to bring a vile killer to justice. You may remember Stephen Fulcher’s story from recent headlines. He was the detective superintendent who breached Police and Criminal Evidence rules in an effort to find…




The Ripper’s London and how it’s changed

Crime scene: view across the Thames from Dukes Meadows, where Elizabeth Figg was found in 1959 Originally posted on robinjarossi.com on 11 7 17 London is special. Beautiful, ugly, intimate, sprawling. The capital fed my interest in writing about the 60s’ Nude Murders, to explore how the place has evolved. I was a child at…




Ripper book featured in Mirror

Originally posted on robinjarossi.com 17 7 17 This is a double-page spread devoted to The Hunt for the 60s’ Ripper that was featured in the Daily Mirror. The early reviews on Amazon were also encouraging, including this one from an Amazon Top 500 reviewer: ‘This new book, which caught my eye on a supermarket shelf…



Reopening Swinging London’s Nude Murders case

This was originally posted on robinjarossi.com on 2 7 17 It started as a suggestion for a new true crime magazine. Working as a freelance journalist at Mirror special projects, I wondered if there was a case we could cover that had not been written about a thousand times already. I came across the Nude…




Voice of a Killer Special: The Colonel

I was lucky to holiday in Burgundy this summer. Every afternoon I ignored the heatwave and pool outside, however. I was watching killers being interviewed on my laptop. This was homework for the new series of Voice of a Killer Special, on which I am a contributor. This CBS Reality programme takes an intriguing look…




Written in Blood: Karin Slaughter

I became a fan of author Karin Slaughter when I was a judge for the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award a couple of years ago. This is for the year’s best thriller and her entry in 2015 was Cop Town. The story is set in Atlanta in 1974, a time when the…