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Remembering Gordon Burn’s serial killer imagination

Best remembered for his non-fiction, the late British writer's novels also took on fame, crime, Thatcher and New Labour

By Tim Martin   Winter Special

DTYF8G Police hold back crowds at the first remand appearance of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, Dewsbury Magistrates Court 1981

Towards the end of Happy Like Murderers, his patient and terrifying account of the lives of Fred and Rosemary West, Gordon Burn relates how Gloucester city council planned to dispose of 25 Cromwell Street, the house where the Wests sexually abused, tortured, murdered and buried children and young women for 30 years. The decision…

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