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Western Telegraph on murder trail for 25 years

4:06pm Thursday 2nd June 2011

FORMER Western Telegraph news editor Doris Goddard remembers the terrible impact the double murders had on Pembrokeshire and recalls the police operations that eventually led to the capture of the county's most dangerous killer. A SHIVER went down my spine when news came through that John Cooper had been convicted of Pembrokeshire’s infamous double murders.

Relief for families as John Cooper is jailed

4:01pm Thursday 2nd June 2011

THE families of the four people murdered by John Cooper have expressed their relief that the person who tore their lives apart has finally been brought to justice.

BREAKING NEWS: COOPER GUILTY OF FOUR BRUTAL MURDERS

Western Telegraph: John William Cooper denies committing two double murders in the 1980s.

12:46pm Thursday 26th May 2011

Farm labourer John William Cooper will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of four horrific shotgun murders that rocked Pembrokeshire in the 1980s.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Police to look again at mysterious deaths following Cooper conviction

8:49am Friday 27th May 2011

Detectives will now look again at three mysterious deaths linked to Cooper.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Officer brands Cooper 'evil'

1:57pm Thursday 26th May 2011

The man who has headed the investigation that has placed Cooper behind bars today branded him 'evil.'

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Timeline of investigations that spanned more than two decades

1:18pm Thursday 26th May 2011

The Pembrokeshire double murders investigations spanned more than 20 years.

Murder jury in third day of deliberations

11:10am Thursday 26th May 2011

THE jury in the trial of a Pembrokeshire man accused of killing four people with a shotgun in the 1980s was due to enter a third day of deliberations this morning (Thursday).

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Jury retires to consider murder verdicts

5:05pm Monday 23rd May 2011

The jury in the trial of John William Cooper, the farm labourer charged with multiple murders, have begun to consider their verdicts.

Cooper’s defence sum up their case

2:44pm Friday 20th May 2011

None of the descriptions of the killer of Oxfordshire holidaymakers Peter and Gwenda Dixon matched the man on trial, a jury heard yesterday.

Jury hears prosecution closing address in Cooper trial

4:48pm Thursday 19th May 2011

Farm worker John William Cooper would have been convicted of 30 burglaries and a violent robbery even faster if the jury had known about his lies, a court heard yesterday.

Jury to deliver its verdict as murders trial concludes

Western Telegraph: Opinion: Retired Detective Constable Emlyn Dudley believes Cooper did not match an artist's impression of the man seen at cash points following the Dixons' deaths.

11:40am Thursday 19th May 2011

The Pembrokeshire double murders trial is due conclude next week.

Retired Detective did not think Cooper fitted artist’s impression

9:59am Wednesday 18th May 2011

Farm labourer John William Cooper did not look like an artist's impression of the man suspected of murdering holidaymakers Peter and Gwenda Dixon, a jury heard yesterday.

John Cooper goes into the witness box to deny four murders

10:44am Friday 13th May 2011

Former Milford Haven man John William Cooper has gone into the witness box to deny any involvement in four shocking murders – or any of the 31 crimes he was jailed for in 1998.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: 'Jealousy after Cooper's £94,000 Spot the Ball win'

12:19pm Wednesday 11th May 2011

John William Cooper has told the jury of his life around the Milford Haven area – including the reaction his family received after they scooped £94,000 on a Spot the Ball Competition.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Cooper takes to the witness box

10:27am Tuesday 10th May 2011

Farm labourer John William Cooper went into the witness box today to deny any involvement in murder or rape - or any of the 31 crimes he was jailed for in 1998.

Links made to Cooper, 11 years before murder arrest

12:10pm Thursday 5th May 2011

Farm labourer John William Cooper was being linked to a double murder more than 11 years before he was arrested, a jury heard yesterday (Wednesday).

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Cooper first linked to murders 11 years ago

4:16pm Wednesday 4th May 2011

Farm labourer John William Cooper was being linked to a double murder more than 11 years before he was arrested, a jury heard today.

Advances in forensics 'caught up with murder suspect John Cooper'

3:50pm Saturday 30th April 2011

Advances in forensic science caught up with farm labourer John William Cooper more than 20 years after he had shot dead four people, it was claimed this week.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Jury's question to judge reveals new evidence

4:15pm Thursday 28th April 2011

The jury in the John William Cooper murder trial turned detectives today (Thursday) and unearthed a new piece of evidence.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: 'Fibres connect Cooper to crimes'

9:17am Wednesday 27th April 2011

Advances in forensic science caught up with farm labourer John William Cooper more than 20 years after he had shot dead four people, it was claimed yesterday (Tuesday).

Evidence mix-up claims

Western Telegraph: Evidence mix-up claims

1:40pm Thursday 21st April 2011

A forensic scientist has denied that Dyfed-Powys police had accidentally mixed up exhibits allegedly linking farm labourer John William Cooper to a double murder.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: DNA evidence 'contamination' claim

Western Telegraph: Shorts found at Cooper's home are said to contain DNA of the Dixons' daughter Julie.

5:16pm Wednesday 20th April 2011

A forensic scientist today denied that Dyfed-Powys Police had accidentally mixed up exhibits allegedly linking farm labourer John William Cooper to a double murder.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: 'Cooper had home-made burglary device'

3:02pm Tuesday 19th April 2011

Alleged killer John William Cooper made himself a "well engineered" burgling device, it was claimed today (Tuesday).

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: 'Screw from shotgun links Cooper to murders'

5:11pm Monday 18th April 2011

There was "an extremely strong possibility" that a tiny screw found at the home of farm labourer John William Cooper came from a gun used in a double murder, a jury heard today.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Son tells of Cooper's night walks with shotgun

6:06pm Thursday 14th April 2011

Farm labourer John William Cooper was in the habit of taking long evening walks with a shotgun hidden underneath his jacket, a jury heard today.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Court hears rape attack evidence from beyond the grave

12:27pm Wednesday 13th April 2011

A Milford Haven woman has told the John William Cooper trial from beyond the grave how she and her friends were attacked by an armed, hooded man.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Coast path victims' daughter went abroad rather than join parents in Pembrokeshire

Western Telegraph: Police released a new picture of coast path murder victim Peter Dixon.

9:43am Tuesday 12th April 2011

The daughter of coast path murder victims Peter and Gwenda Dixon has told how she had visited Pembrokeshire every summer with her parents before the fateful holiday in 1989.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Jury sees Bullseye footage of John Cooper

Western Telegraph: Trial jury see pictures of John Cooper on the set of Bullseye

4:31pm Thursday 7th April 2011

A farm labourer suspected of four murders appeared on ITV's Bullseye less than a month before he slaughtered his final two victims, a jury heard today.

Crime Scene: Jury visits sites of notorious murders

Western Telegraph: This key links Cooper to the Scoveston murders, the prosecution claims.

1:50pm Thursday 7th April 2011

THE jury in the trial of John William Cooper, the man accused of two notorious double murders, have visited his former home – said to be at the ‘epicentre’ of a string of serious crimes across Pembrokeshire.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Jury to visit Pembrokeshire crime scenes

8:28am Tuesday 5th April 2011

The jury in the Pembrokeshire murders trial will be in the area for the next two days visiting scenes of the alleged crimes.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: 'Key found at Cooper's home fitted lock at victim's farm'

Western Telegraph: This key links Cooper to the Scoveston murders, the prosecution claims.

9:38am Friday 1st April 2011

A key found at the home of murder suspect John William Cooper fitted a lock on a bedroom door at a property owned by victim Richard Thomas, a jury heard this afternoon.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Scoveston body covered by stacks of newspapers

2:49pm Thursday 31st March 2011

The body of murdered farmer Richard Thomas had been covered with "stacks" of newspapers and debris around the body of his sister contained diesel, a jury has heard.

'Cold and calculating killer' shot siblings to 'avoid being identified'

Western Telegraph: John William Cooper denies committing two double murders in the 1980s.

12:10pm Thursday 31st March 2011

The trial of a man accused of two infamous double murders in Pembrokeshire has restarted in front of a new jury.

DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL: Farmer shot as he tried to escape

1:39pm Tuesday 29th March 2011

Scoveston Park farmer Richard Thomas was shot in the head as he tried to escape his "merciless" executioner, a jury heard today.

BREAKING NEWS: Double murders trial suddenly halted

11:41am Monday 28th March 2011

The trial of John William Cooper, the Pembrokeshire farm labourer accused of four murders, has been suddenly stopped today.



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