It is in the public interest to get to the bottom of what happened during the investigation and trial. In a country who's government has declared it wants to be the "best country in the world for children to grow up," we appear to have easily forgotten who is a child, when their rights don't fit the narrative we have chosen, before all the evidence is in.
Through the decades of speculation all the focus has been on the who of the killer, not the who of the women, who were easily dismissed and almost faded into the background while the mysterious Bible John, became bigger than life in the way that unsolved mysteries often do.
Finishing the podcast felt to me like the time me and my wee brother, who is only eighteen months younger than me, both got on a see-saw, but as we were the same weight, it didn't move at all. No seeing, no sawing, just sitting there awkwardly in the middle, with our feet dangling off the ground, waiting for a grown-up to come along and help.
It is a sign that Black is a talented writer, not just scientist, that she can translated these parts of ourselves, that literally no one ever wants to see, into not just a compelling read but an education tool that reframes our internal world.
You can buy the book in the True Crime Fiction bookshop here. Killing for Company, by Brian Masters is a slightly different offering in the True Crime genre, but definitely one I would suggest could become part of the cannon. I picked it up after watching the ITV drama Des, which features David Tennant, eerily …