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Burton-born 'Camden Ripper' to appear in TV show

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A DOCUMENTARY delving into the life of a Burton-born killer is set to be screened on television..

Anthony Hardy, dubbed the 'Camden Ripper', was jailed in 2003 after he lured prostitutes to his flat before strangling them and carving up their corpses with a hacksaw.

In a series called 'Killers Behind Bars', professor of criminology David Wilson looks into the case of the 61-year-old.

The show will explore the crimes of Hardy, who brutally killed Elizabeth Valad and Brigitte MacClennan in December 2002.

The murders were exposed when a homeless man, foraging in rubbish bins for food, found human remains in a bag.

The trail led police to a Camden flat occupied by Hardy.

Inside the flat, investigators discovered a hacksaw with human skin still attached to the blade, an electric jigsaw power tool and a woman's torso wrapped in bin liners.

Hardy took pornographic photographs of their corpses and dismembered them with a hacksaw, after covering at least one victim's head with a red devil mask.

The professor will look for possible connections between Hardy and unsolved murders which took place in similar circumstances during the programme.

His journey leads him to interview a number of people who knew Hardy and even takes in a visit to Burton.

Hardy was born in Eldon Street, Winshill, and grew up in nearby Stanhope Street, attending Hawfield Lane Infants School, Joseph Clarke Junior School and then the Burton Grammar School, where he was described as 'quiet and shy'.

The programme has been produced by Channel 5 but no date has yet been set for when it will air.

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