I have now listened to 22 episodes of the Peter Sutcliffe series and have greatly appreciated the emphasis on the victims, both for the purpose of understanding the crimes and criticising the investigation, and also out of simple compassion for the victims and their families. The investigation was so riddled by misogyny and so much in the power of those at the top of the police hierarchy that it is no surprise that later reviews of it were buried. LR has done a wonderful job of disintering it and dismembering it. I do find her presentation irritating at times, though. She blows her own trumpet too much and reminds us too often that she was an outstanding detective, she mispronounces words (including the word ‘pronunciation’), uses ‘literally’ to mean “thoroughly, maximally, deeply”, etc., misuses ‘in vitro’ and ‘in vivo’, mistranslates ‘habeas corpus’, and never uses one word when three will do. The worst thing is the way the ads for sponsors appear without any warning and usually in the middle of a complex bit of narrative and often when the topic is disturbing, the result being that they are hopelessly jarring.
Feb. 14, 2023 by Murelega on Apple Podcasts