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off shotgun.

So, hav­ing been re­leased from prison on li­cence in 2008 af­ter a decade inside, Cooper was re­ar­rested and charged with the four mur­ders.

In an even more bizarre twist, Cooper’s love of darts saw him im­pli­cated fur­ther still as old footage sur­faced of him com­pet­ing on Bulls­eye, the Sun­day teatime game show pre­sented by the late Jim Bowen.

The episode in question had been recorded in May 1989, ex­actly a month be­fore the Dixon mur­ders and, in a pre-round ram­ble with the pro­gramme’s host, Cooper talked about his hob­bies and love of the greatout­doors, de­tail­ing at length the ge­og­ra­phy of the West Wales coun­try­side.

More specif­i­cally, it showed he had in­ti­mate knowl­edge of the area where the English hik­ing cou­ple had been killed. His ap­pear­ance at the time, with scruffy mul­let and mous­tache, also proved a dead-ringer for the sketch artist’s im­pres­sion of the sus­pect from the orig­i­nal in­quiry.

In ad­di­tion, a Swansea Crown Court jury fur­ther con­victed Cooper of stick­ing up five ter­ri­fied teenagers at gun­point in woods on Mil­ford Haven’s Mount Es­tate in 1996, where he raped one 16-year-old girl and in­de­cently as­saulted an­other, aged 15.

The judge handed down four “whole life” sen­tences, telling the 66-year-old: “The mur­ders were of such evil wicked­ness the manda­tory sen­tence of life will mean just that.”

Wag­ging his fin­ger at the bench as he got taken down, Cooper again protested his in­no­cence and warned that the truth would, one day, “all come out on the in­ter­net”. Noth­ing ever did, though. Cooper has since been im­pli­cated in five other mur­ders and had his last ap­peal re­jected in Novem­ber 2012.

John Cooper out­side Swansea Crown Court in 2011 Se­rial Killer John Wil­liam Cooper ap­pear­ing on the gameshow Bulls­eye and, right, an artist’s im­pres­sion of the man po­lice were hunt­ing at the time. Be­low, the gun Cooper used to mur­der the Dixons Po­lice on the Pem­brokeshire coastal path at the scene of the Dixons’ mur­ders in 1989

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