Where is John Cooper’s son now?

The Pembrokeshire murders highlight the horrific crimes of Welsh serial killer John Cooper and the attempts by police to bring him to justice. But where is John Cooper’s son now?

The three-part crime drama, which runs on ITV1 on three consecutive evenings, shows Oliver Ryan as the tortured son.

Everything you need to know is here.


Oliver Ryan portrays Andrew Cooper in The Pembrokeshire Murders. But where is John Cooper’s son now? (Photo credit: ITV1)

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Where is John Cooper’s son now?

Writer Nick Stevens met with John’s son Andrew before writing the screenplay for The Pembrokeshire Murders.

Andrew gave Nick more details about his mother, Pat and father’s life as a heartless criminal.

Speaking to the press before the show aired, Nick said, “Meeting Andrew and spending time with him provided an additional plot that is not in the book, which I think adds to the drama later.”

Nick initially had “quite a job” finding Andrew, but with the help of ITV journalist Jonathan Hill, he was able to schedule a meeting.

He continued, “I was quite concerned about the first meeting, here I am a television writer who wants to dig into the darkest corners of this man’s personal life.

“And he was never anything other than totally generous and open. He saw this as an opportunity to correct the record and tell his side of the story.

“He had a score to settle with his absent father and he saw this drama as an opportunity to do just that.”

Since his father was convicted, Andrew has been very restrained and wants to stay out of the spotlight.

Andrew, who was at home when he was 15 because of his difficult relationship with his father, has a younger sister Theresa, but very little is known about her.

Did Andrew testify against his father John?

Adrian Cooper, now known as Andrew, changed his name to escape the horror of his father John’s crimes.

During the 2011 trial, Andrew took the stand as a prosecutor’s witness.

He testified with damn evidence against his father, who was accused of double homicide.

He said his father would take long evening walks with a shotgun under his jacket.

Andrew told Swansea Crown Court that his father, a Letterston farm laborer, would disappear for hours.

When he showed up via video link, he described his father as “very strong”, “very fit” and “loud and aggressive”.

He said part of his father’s routine was taking long walks, usually after tea, and sometimes having a shotgun “on a piece of string” around his shoulder that was hidden under his jacket.

Andrew told the court how his father kept what “looked like other people’s belongings,” including photos of people he did not know, jewelry, and burned jewelry and coins.

When John was originally arrested and interviewed by the police, he implicated his son in the crimes – something Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins had disgusted.

Keith Allen as John Cooper
Keith Allen as John Cooper in the Pembrokeshire murders (Image credit: ITV)

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What are the murders in Pembrokeshire about?

The Pembrokeshire Murders is a true crime drama starring Luke Evans of Beauty and the Beast.

It follows the story of four homicides and DS Steve Wilkins’ quest to bring serial killer John Cooper to justice.

As a result of an episode of Bullseye from the 1990s, the killer was cornered.

ITV Says: “Two unresolved double homicides from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force.

“In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases.

“Using pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his hand-picked team found microscopic DNA and fibers that may have linked the murders to a number of break-ins in the 1980s and 1990s.”

Is The Pembrokeshire Murders based on a true story?

The Pembrokeshire Murders is based on the true story of serial killer John Cooper, also known as The Bullseye Killer.

He brutally killed Helen and Richard Thomas as well as Gwenda and Peter Dixon in 1985 and 1989.

In addition, the double homicides in Wales remained unsolved for years in the 1980s.

In 2006, the newly promoted DS Wilkins decided to reopen two unsolved homicide cases from the 1980s that were linked to a series of break-ins.

New technological advances in forensic DNA analysis and witness reports of the suspect’s artistic impressions led the Dyfed-Powys police to the killer.

The True Story of Pembrokeshire Murders
Luke Evans plays Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders (Image credit: ITV)

Who Was John Cooper?

John Cooper led two lives – unlike his life as a family man, he was also a serial killer.

First he murdered Helen and Richard Thomas in 1985.

Finally, in 1989, he killed Gwenda and Peter Dixon.

John avoided prosecution for his crimes for 20 years until a combination of a new team of detectives and advances in forensics finally brought him to justice in 2011.

John’s crimes were exposed after being jailed for a number of break-ins in the county in the 1980s.

Is The Pembrokeshire Murders based on a book?

The drama is based on the book Catching the Bullseye Killer by Steve Wilkins.

It tells the story of Operation Ottawa, the discovery of John Cooper in two double murders in Pembrokeshire.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Wilkins shares how he put together a team of specialists to investigate the murders.

He used state-of-the-art forensic techniques to prove Cooper’s involvement in the crimes.

Wilkins watched an episode of Bullseye in 1989 that resulted in the serial killer finally being caught.

Most notably, in the same year that John committed several horrific murders, he dared to appear on national television.

The Pembrokeshire murders go on for three nights on ITV and begin at 9 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021.

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