Who was Trevor Hardy? New documentary explores Britain’s 'forgotten serial killer'

The deaths of three teenage girls in Manchester in the 1970s terrified the city and horrified the nation. The story of the hunt for the killer is now being retold by a documentary on CI.

An exclusive one-off documentary on CI (Crime Investigation Channel) takes viewers inside the mind of 1970s English serial killer Trevor Hardy.

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But just who was he? And why is he “forgotten”? Discover the truth about this notorious criminal.

Who was Trevor Hardy?

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Trevor Hardy was a convicted serial killer. He was born on June 11, 1945 and died in prison on September 25, 2012, aged 67. Dubbed “the beast of Manchester” he operated in Manchester between 1974 and 1976, murdering three teenage girls in a horrifically brutal fashion;

  • Lesley Jane Stewart, 15, was stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve 1974;
  • Wanda Skala, 17, was murdered on July 1975 by being hit over the head with a brick;
  • Sharon Mosoph, 18, was murdered by stabbing and strangulation by a pair of panty hose;
  • Both Skala and Mosoph’s bodies were found naked and mutilated, while Stewart was discovered in a shallow grave.

As the murders hit the headlines and police hunted the killer, more than 23,000 people were stopped and searched in a bid to find him, and in August 1976 Hardy was arrested for the murders of Skala and Mosoph; he later confessed to murdering Stweart during the interrogations.

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Hardy had already served time in prison for battering a man with a pickaxe over an argument over who owed the next round of drinks in a Manchurian pub.

He was sentenced to a lifetime in in prison, where he remained until his death in 2012.

Why is Trevor Hardy considered a “forgotten” serial killer?

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Although Hardy caused absolute terror across Manchester, leaving young women scared to go out at night, or by day unchaperoned, more high-profile serial killers stole the front pages during the time and have gone down in the history books.

The Yorkshire Ripper who killed 13 between 1975 and 1980 for example, gained much more press coverage and long withstanding notoriety.

However, Hardy committed some of the most horrific murders recorded in recent British history, and also became one of Britain’s longest serving prisoners.

What is Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer, Trevor Hardy about?

This one-off documentary special expolores unprecedented access to the diaries and other documents found in Hardy’s prison cell. Psychological and criminological experts will analyse these shocking pieces of evidence to get inside the mind of this serial killer and theorise why this mysterious killer committed such atrocities.

Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer: Trevor Hardy will air exclusively on Crime + Investigation (CI) in the UK, launching on Sunday January 14 at 10pm.

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