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Saturday Night Strangler

The Llandarcy Killer

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Saturday Night Strangler

"we'd got our man at last"

In June 2002, a match was made on the South Wales police DNA database that would end a twenty-nine year search for answers. Investigators of the Llandarcy team had finally unmasked a potential suspect as the Saturday Night Strangler, a local man who was suspected of committing the rapes and murders of three young women. The story of the Llandarcy Killer would begin in July 1973, with the death of a young hitchhiker, Sandra Newton. This crime would go unsolved, along with two more murders in September 1973.

In their hunt for this vicious killer, detectives interviewed scores of suspects, and with the help of a psychological profiler, they slowly whittled down their list of thousands of suspects to just several hundred. But ultimately, their efforts came to a dead end. With advances in DNA technology in the late 1990’s, police were finally able to search for the killer by using his genetic fingerprint left at the crime scene, and the pursuit of justice resulted in one of the biggest police investigations in Welsh history.

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