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Serial killers to top the bill at Playhouse Whitley Bay

Former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott is to talk about 20 notorious serial killers in an event in Whitley Bay

Retired British murder squad detective Trevor Marriott
Retired British murder squad detective Trevor Marriott

Serial killers will be topping bill at a bloody-curdling show at a North East theatre.

Crime scene photos, video clips and investigative theories are just a few things former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott will be talking about on Wednesday, October 15.

He will be looking into 20 of the world’s worst serial killers in a two-hour audio-visual show at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

The former detective spent 16 years with the Bedfordshire police and when he retired decided to open up a cold case investigation into the notorious unsolved crimes of the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

Trevor says: “I started my investigation into Jack the Ripper in 2002 and concluded it last year.

“I came to the conclusion that there was probably more than one person committing the crimes and there was in fact no serial killer.”

Once Trevor decided to close the book on Jack he decided to look into other serial killers across the world.

“In my show I include things that people usually overlook, like the pain and anguish that family members have gone through when losing a loved one.”

Trevor also decided to include crime scene photos and video clips from family members of the victims.

“In America, families can openly confront the killers in court so my show can get quite emotional when you watch the videos,” he says.

Trevor will also go into detail about the errors and bad decisions that were made by law enforcement officers at the time.

“Everybody accepts that there are going to be failings,” he says.

“People make bad judgement calls and they are not all necessarily intentional.”

Trevor never got the chance to hunt down and catch a serial killer and he puts this down to modern policing techniques: “Nowadays you don’t get as many serial killers because modern technology and investigative methods allow these people to be caught.”

He stresses that there are many theories about why someone would become a serial killer. It is, he says, the “million dollar question”.

He also imparts this daunting thought: “You never know who is a serial killer. It could be the person you stand next to in the bus queue.”

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