Where is John Cooper’s wife now?

The Pembrokeshire Murders follows DS Steve Wilkins’ efforts to track down serial killer John Cooper, who has evaded capture for years. But where is John Cooper’s wife now?

Welsh serial killer John was eventually charged with two double murders, rape, sexual assault and theft. All the crimes were committed while he was married to Pat Cooper.

Everything you need to know is here.


Caroline Berry portrays Pat Cooper in the Pembrokeshire murders. But where is John Cooper’s wife now? (Photo credit: ITV1)

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Where is John Cooper’s wife now?

John and Pat married in July 1966, having known each other since they were 12 years old.

The couple had two children, Adrian and Theresa, who were two years younger.

Pat worked as a seamstress, but was seriously injured in a horse accident in 1987.

We know John and Pat have a granddaughter, Gina, who contracted meningitis and took years to recover.

Unfortunately, before her husband was sentenced, Pat died of natural causes.

Did she know about her husband’s crimes?

Pat once provided her husband with an alibi.

John told police that the wedding ring he sold to a Pembroke jeweler was his own, although it actually belonged to one of his victims.

Pat vouched for him.

It is believed that she knew he was a thief, but did she know he was a murderer?

ITV Wales journalist Jonathan Hill, who wrote a book about John Cooper, said it was an abusive relationship.

He says, “Steve [Wilkins] wrestled all the way with Pat Cooper because he’s very personable to her and her life has been a living hell.

“It was an abusive relationship. She stayed with him, but she literally dies the night he gets out of prison. Probably because of the stress of him coming out.

“I don’t know if she knew. Perhaps in her darkest moments she suspected.

“His son will tell you that on the night of the fire in Scoveston, his father wasn’t there all evening, but smelled of smoke and took a bath at ten-thirty.”

Pat unwittingly provided the evidence that John put on trial.

After John murdered Peter and Gwenda Jackson, John kept their khaki shorts as a sick trophy.

Pat turned on the shorts, unaware of their origins.

In doing so, however, she locked important DNA evidence in the sutures.

DS Wilkins said, “We found Peter Dixon’s daughter’s DNA trapped in the seam.

“Now she was in Cyprus at the time of the murders. How the hell does their DNA make it through in John Cooper shorts unless they actually belonged to the Dixons?

“It is absolutely incredible to believe that Pat’s simple act would lead to his finally being brought to justice.”

Pat and Andrew Cooper in the Pembrokeshire Murders on ITV1
Pat and Andrew Cooper in the Pembrokeshire murders (Image credit: ITV1)

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What else was Caroline Berry in?

Caroline Berry is a jobbing actress who starred in Birds of a Feather, Peak Practice, and Doctor Who.

She portrayed Valerie Phelan on Coronation Street between 2013 and 2014.

Coincidentally, she starred in Jack of Hearts alongside husband Keith Allen in 1999.

She also appears in Russell T Davies’ new drama It’s a Sin, which begins Friday, January 22, 2021.

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.”

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

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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