Killer in The Shadows: The Monstrous Crimes of Robert Napper

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Killer in The Shadows: The Monstrous Crimes of Robert Napper

Laurence Alison and Marie Eyre

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In December 2008, the Old Bailey bore witness to a modern-day Jack the Ripper. Robert Clive Napper was finally brought to book for the most horrifying unsolved crime of recent times: the July 1992 murder of Rachel Nickell. Yet in the mid-1990s Napper had been committed to Broadmoor mental hospital as a grave and immediate risk to the public , after the monstrous murders of a mother and child.

After he invaded the home of Samantha Bisset and her little daughter Jazmine, in 1993, the scene was so hellish that the police photographer could not return to work. Samantha s mother went to her grave insisting that the murderer of her loved ones also killed Rachel.

Evidence linked Napper to the Green Chain Rapes , a series of up to 70 violent sex crimes along a footpath of the Thames. So why the press later demanded was this predatory psychopath not apprehended earlier for the Wimbledon Common killing?

In KILLER IN THE SHADOWS, forensic psychologist Laurence Alison draws upon more than a decade of exposure to the Nickell case. First involved in the rebuttal of evidence against suspect Colin Stagg, Alison and co-author Marie Eyre trace the case from its grim origins to Napper s conviction.

Both a case study for the criminologist and an introduction to criminal psychology for the layperson, KILLER IN THE SHADOWS examines the mindset of the sexual psychopath, the impact upon victims families and the decisions faced by police officers expected to know the unknowable.

Disturbing and compassionate, this illuminating analysis also asks if, now that time and technology have caught up with him, Robert Napper has concealed yet more crimes behind his dead-end wall of insanity . . .

Laurence Alison is Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Liverpool. His previous books include The Forensic Psychologist s Casebook.

Marie Eyre works with Prof. Alison at the Centre for Critical Incident Research, and has contributed to a number of academic publications and research papers.