THE ENGLISH SERIAL KILLERS WEBQUEST

SERIAL KILLERS WEBQUEST

Task

You are going to find information about some of the most famous serial killers in British history. Answer the questions below then choose one of the criminals and prepare a short oral presentation for the class.

Dr Harold Shipman

Resources

All the answers are on the following 4 webpages:


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Who?

Who was Harold Shipman? What was the nickname his grateful patients called him? What is the nickname he has now been given?

 

Where?

Where was Dr Shipman’s surgery? (cabinet medical) This town is near a big city – which one?

 

Why?

Dr Shipman was arrested in September 1998. Why did police suspect him?

 

What?

What was he jailed for? How many men and women did he kill? How did he usually kill them?

 

When?

These crimes took place over a long period of time. When, according to the official report?

 

How?

How did Shipman die? Where? When?

Conclusion

It seems incredible that Shipman was able to commit so many murders before being arrested. In your opinion, how do you think he avoided being caught for so many years?

 

Jack the Ripper

Resources

When?

When did the murders take place?

 

Where?

Where did the murders take place? Town and district.

 

What?

What did the victims have in common?

 

How?

How did the name “Jack the Ripper” originate?

 

Who?

Who was Jack the Ripper… or at least, who were the main suspects?

 

Why?

Why do you think Jack the Ripper has become so famous throughout the world?

 

Conclusion

Do you think that if the murders took place today, the Ripper would rapidly be behind bars? Explain.

 

Fred and Rose West
& the House of Horrors

Resources

“Probably the most notorious British serial killers of recent history”. From this article, extract the main facts: who? what? where? when? how many? Then note down the differences and similarities with the Shipman case.

 

The “Brides in the Bath” Murders

Resources

Who?

Who was arrested, tried and executed for these murders? Give all the aliases.

 

Where?

Where did the crimes take place?

 

What?

What did his victims have in common?

 

How?

How was the murderer eventually stopped?

 

Why?

What were the motives for these crimes?

 

Conclusion

What, in your opinion, was so surprising in this case? Why?

 

Mary Ann Cotton

Resources

Who?

Who was Mary Ann Cotton? And who were her victims?

 

Where?

Where and when did these crimes take place?

 

How?

How did Mary kill her victims? How many did she murder? How was she eventually discovered?

 

Why?

What were the motives for these crimes?

 

What?

What happened to her?

 

Conclusion

Do you think her crimes could happen today? Explain. Why do you think Mary Ann Cotton is less well-known than Jack the Ripper?

 

Bonus Question

Three films, based on books by Thomas Harris, depict an extremely intelligent serial killer. Who is this infamous character and what are the books and films called? Search here.