Morbidology the Podcast – 33: Leanne Tiernan

3rd February 2020  •  5 min read

The 2000 disappearance of teenager Leanne Tiernan from Bramley, Leeds, sparked one of the largest manhunts in West Yorkshire Police’s History. During the painstaking search, police officers visited more than 10,000 homes and scoured almost 40 drains. Leanne’s disappearance led to a first in British criminal investigation and unmasked a prolific sexual predator known locally…


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The 2000 disappearance of teenager Leanne Tiernan from Bramley, Leeds, sparked one of the largest manhunts in West Yorkshire Police’s History. During the painstaking search, police officers visited more than 10,000 homes and scoured almost 40 drains. Leanne’s disappearance led to a first in British criminal investigation and unmasked a prolific sexual predator known locally as the Pet Man.


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Sources:

The Sun, 28 November, 2000 – “Mum’s Fear for Missing Leanne, 16”

The Daily Mirror, 30 November, 2000 – “Come Home Plea”

The Daily Mirror, 2 December, 2000 – “Mother Plea to Runaway”

The Independent, 3 December, 2000 – “Woods Searched in Hunt for Girl, 16”

Conventry Telegraph, 4 December, 2000 – “Missing Girl’s Sister in Search Appeal”

The Daily Mirror, 4 December, 2000 – “Last Walk of Leanne”

Birmingham Mail, 4 December, 2000 – “Hunt for Missing Girl Stepped Up”

The Guardian, 4 December, 2000 – “Abduction Fears After Schoolgirl Fails to Phone Home”

Birmingham Mail, 5 December, 2000 – “Father’s Plea for Missing Leanne”

The Daily Mirror, 10 December, 2000 – “I Fear Leanne’s Dead, Says Mum”

The People, 10 December, 2000 – “Mum’s Fear for Leanne”

The Daily Record, 17 December, 2000 – “Appeal For Missing Girl”

The Independent, 18 December, 2000 – “Yorkshire Police Widen Search for Missing Girl”

The Daily Record, 22 December, 2000 – “Come Home Plea to Missing Girl”

The Sun, 22 December, 2000 – “Dog Man Vital in Leanne Hunt”

The Daily Mirror, 19 January, 2001 – “Fears for Leanne”

The Daily Mirror, 8 February, 2001 – “Milk Hunt for Girl”

Coventry Telegraph, 22 August, 2001 – “Body of Missing Teenager Found in Woods”

The Daily Mirror, 23 August, 2001 – “Leanne Dead in Woods”

Evening Standard, 23 August, 2001 – “Murdered Schoolgirl Was Held in Cold Storage”

The Guardian, 23 August, 2001 – “Strangled Body of Missing Girl Found in Woods”

The Daily Telegraph, 24 August, 2001 – “Strangled Girl Kept in Deep Freeze Since Christmas”

The Daily Telegraph, 25 August, 2001 – “Murderer Disturbed While Burying Body of Leanne”

The Express, 26 August, 2001 – “Leanne Knew her Killer Says Mother”

The Daily Mirror, 29 August, 2001 – “Leanne Strangled by Scarf”

West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Counties Publication, 30 August, 2001 – “Police Believe Leanne’s Killer Knew the Area”

The Daily Mirror, 7 September, 2001 – “Quilt Clue to Leanne”

The Daily Mirror, 29 September, 2001 – “Buried a Day After Her 17 Birthday”

West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Counties Publication, 11 October, 2011 – “Leanne Killer May Have Been Spotted”

The Birmingham Post, 9 July, 2002 – “Scientific Team Tried Every Trick”

The Birmingham Post, 9 July, 2002 – “She Has Gone And Life Will Never Be The Same”

The Daily Mirror, 9 July, 2002 – “Savagery Behind Pet Man Mask”

The Daily Mirror, 9 July, 2002 – “Did He Kill 4 More?”

The Guardian, 9 July, 2002 – “Latest Science Trapped Murderer”

The Herald, 9 July, 2002 – “Forensic Trail From Forest Grave to Evil Neighbour”

West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Counties Publications, 9 July, 2002 – “Did Sadist Murder Vice Girls?”

News of the World, 14 July, 2002 – “Fiend Link to Scots Vice Girl Murders”

The Sun, 5 February, 2003 – “Leanne Brute in 2 Rapes”

The Guardian, 6 February, 2003 – “Police Interrogate Sex Strangler”

The Daily Mirror, 6 October, 2017 – “Twist of Fate that Led to Murdered Girl’s Body Being Found”

Birmingham Mail, 26 October 2018 – “John Taylor Jailed for Life”

The Daily Mirror, 26 October 2018 – “Child Killer John Taylor Linked to Possible Five Murders”

Audio Sources:

“Killer in the Woods”

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