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The Man in Black, as 74-year-old Peter Moore became known, committed a slew of murders in North Wales in 1995. Moore was a successful businessman who owned a chain of cinemas in Baglit, Holyhead, Kinmel Bay and Denbigh in North Wales. Dylan Rhys Jones recalled how he took on Moore’s case as a 30-year-old defence solicitor, saying: “I felt up to the task.
“The excitement of a case like that, it’s what every young lawyer wants.”
Yet as the narrative unfolded, Mr Rhys Jones became bound in Moore’s terrifying story, a year-long process that left an indelible mark on his psyche, one that would see him suffer a complete breakdown years later.
This was a result of the photos, stories, and cold nature of Moore’s case – the killer once told Mr Rhys Jones that he had committed the murders “for fun”.
One gruesome detail was soon established and mirrored the methods of Jack the Ripper.
It transpired that Moore, like the Ripper, was a picquerist – he had a dark sexual interest in using sharp objects to penetrate the skin of another person.
While the Ripper was notorious for stabbing his female victims in the breasts and genitals after murdering them, Moore similarly stabbed at least one of his victims repeatedly in the backside following his death.
As Mr Rhys Jones explained: “A lot of the attacks were actually never reported.
“He often drove around late at night and would chance on someone walking down the road on their own, would park his car just ahead of them and, dressed entirely in black, sometimes in a police officer’s uniform, would beat them within an inch of their life with a truncheon.
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“And then there was the sexual element to his attacks.
“So even before he had killed anyone there was a sexual element to his crimes, and it remained consistent later on during the murder investigations.
“His victims were all men, he was gay, the first victim he stabbed in the backside 15 or 16 times and that was after he’d murdered him.
“And in this way he was very similar to Jack the Ripper – they were both picquerists.
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“Both men would continue to stab their victims in sexual areas even after their deaths.
“Moore did that with one of his victims and he may have done it with some of the others, too.
“There was this tendency to veer on the sexual side of things, to the gratification of the murderer.”
Mr Rhys Jones explained how it at first appeared that the police had “the wrong man” when he arrived at the station.
There had been whispers and murmurs that Moore had committed a murder on Pensarn beach, in Abergele, though the evidence was slim and Moore vehemently denied all charges .
Mr Rhys Jones, therefore, began drawing up an alibi with Moore.
Yet, within a day and a half of Mr Rhys Jones working on the case, things became “uneasy”.
It soon transpired that there had been more murders in the surrounding area, with whispers by detectives that Moore was responsible.
One night, Mr Rhys Jones was called into the station as Moore readied himself to make a statement: he admitted to the murders.
By the next day, however, Moore told Mr Rhys Jones that he had lied; that he was covering for his homosexual lover, a man named Jason.
Mr Rhys Jones said: “It was just all a game to him.”
As the case went on, Mr Rhys Jones and the others learned more about Moore’s love of film and his favourite blockbuster title Friday the 13th, of which the main character is a serial killer named Jason Voorhees.
Moore was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996.
He is currently serving his life sentence in the notorious Wakefield Prison, an adult male Category A prison, home to the likes of the Lostprophets former lead singer and founder Ian Watkins and the murderer of April Jones, Mark Bridger.
Dylan Rhys Jones’ book ‘The Man in Black: Peter Moore, Wales’ Worst Serial Killer’ was published this month by Y Lolfa and is available to buy here.
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