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Barry Peter PRUDOM






A.K.A.: "Cop Killer"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To avoid arrest - Robbery
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: June 17-28, 1982
Date of birth: October 18, 1944
Victims profile: Police Constable David Haigh, 29 / George Luckett, 52 / Police Sergeant David Winter, 51
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: North Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Status: Committed suicide during shoot-out with police on July 4, 1982

Barry Peter Prudom (18 October 1944 – 4 July 1982) was an English electrician and multiple murderer who became the subject of a police manhunt and what was at the time the largest armed police operation Great Britain had ever seen, involving 12 police forces.

Prudom became a fugitive after killing Police Constable David Haigh on 17 June 1982. Before being captured he killed twice more, shooting civilian George Luckett on 23 June 1982 and Police Sergeant David Winter on 28 June 1982.

Described as an "avid outdoorsman and firearms enthusiast" Prudom's knowledge of military survival skills learned while training with the Special Air Service (S.A.S.) helped him evade capture for 18 days as he hid out in rural areas in the north of England. When eventually found, having been tracked by "Jungle" Eddie McGee, a former S.A.S. instructor, Prudom committed suicide by firing a single shot to his head. It later transpired that Prudom had previously attended survival courses run by McGee, and had made extensive study of a manual on survival techniques written by the S.A.S. veteran, entitled No Need To Die.

Early life

Prudom was the illegitimate son of Kathleen Edwards, a Leeds dressmaker, and Peter Kurylo, a soldier serving with the British Army. Kurylo played no part in Prudom's upbringing and the two never met. The family home was at 39 Grosvenor Place, Leeds, and Prudom attended Blenheim Primary school and Meanwood Secondary School.

Although born Barry Edwards, his name was changed to Barry Prudom in 1949 when his mother married Alex Prudom. He was briefly sent to an approved school in Aycliffe Village, County Durham for housebreaking. After leaving school, Prudom commenced an apprenticeship and trained as an electrician. In October 1965 he married Gillian Wilson, who was then aged 19 years. There were two children from the marriage, a daughter born in 1966, and a son in 1970. Prudom's mother died in a drowning accident while on holiday in 1973.

Service with special forces

In 1969 Prudom enlisted with Leeds-based B Squadron, 23 Special Air Service (V), part of the Army's part-time volunteer Territorial force. The unit specialised in covert surveillance, reconnaissance and "stay-behind" operations. Prudom was eventually rejected by the unit as he was considered temperamentally unsuitable and disliked discipline. It is unknown which stage he had reached in the selection phase, which for the Territorials is spread over a longer period, although he did participate in training maneouvres with the unit. An official statement revealed only that he had "failed the final initiative test."

Marital breakdown

Prudom subsequently established himself as a grocer, and purchased a shop for his wife on Quarry Street, Leeds, but by 1977 he was working for the petroleum industry in Saudi Arabia in order to earn more money. While he was there his wife left him for another man. Police later disclosed that "While he was [in Saudi Arabia] his wife formed a liason with another man and he got a 'Dear John' letter, which must have had a traumatic effect on him. From being a very stable hard working man, he became morose and irritable, and he was even more annoyed when he returned to England and found his wife had taken £8000 from the bank account."

Between 1977 and 1982 Prudom dated Carol Francis and the two travelled extensively as he took work on oil rigs in Canada and the USA. In January 1982 while Prudom was in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, he was arrested for a violent assault on a motorist with an iron bar, and used his alias of Barry Edwards. After failing to attend Leeds Crown Court to answer bail, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Francis had by now left Prudom and moved out of the house in Leeds that they had been living in.

Illegal possession of firearms

Prudom did not hold a license to possess firearms, but carried a .22 LR calibre Beretta Model 71 "Jaguar" pistol, which he had purchased in the US and smuggled back into Britain. The Model 71 was a virtually recoilless, lightweight and easily concealed pistol, described as "the signature terminator pistol of Mossad... a compact, accurate and flawlessly reliable performer that could easily be used to quickly and accurately deliver multiple rounds into vital parts of a human body."


17 June – Murder of PC David Haigh

After commencing duty at 06.00 on 17 June 1982, PC David Haigh, aged 29, was attempting to serve a summons on a poacher in the Washburn Valley near Harrogate, North Yorkshire. When Haigh failed to respond to a radio call from his station at Harrogate, PC Mick Clipston was sent to check on his whereabouts, and discovered his patrol car at a picnic site at Norwood Edge near Beckwithshaw.

The door of the car was still open and PC Haigh's body was next to it, having been killed by a single .22 Long Rifle calibre pistol shot to the head. Haigh's clipboard was found, on which he had written "Clive Jones, born 18/10/44, Leeds NFA [no fixed address]" followed by a vehicle registration number, KYF 326P. Having cleared the poacher and a Leeds man called Clive Jones of involvement, police launched a murder investigation, headed by North Yorkshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable, David Burke.

The registration number recorded by Haigh belonged to a metallic green Citroën car, which police ascertained had been the subject of a cash sale to an unknown man at Kingsbury, London in January 1982, and a witness came forward to say that he had seen the car parked at the murder location at approximately 06.35 on the 17 June.

19 June –Car discovered

Prudom's Citroën was discovered burned out in a cornfield near Ledsham, West Yorkshire, around 25 miles from the scene of Haigh's murder.

20 June – Robbery of Freda Jackson

After abandoning the Citroën, Prudom had hitchhiked and walked to Torksey, Lincolnshire, where on 20 June he broke into a house and tied up the elderly occupant, 75-year old Freda Jackson. He stole £4.50 from her then left, saying later that he had been unconcerned about her welfare as he knew "the bread man would find her in the morning". The robbery was not connected with Prudom until 23 June.

23 June – Murder of George Luckett

Just before dawn on 23 June he broke into another home approximately 20 miles away in Girton, Nottinghamshire. The occupants, George Luckett,52, an electrician, and his wife Sylvia, 50, were tied together at the elbows and both were shot once in the head. George Luckett's wound was fatal but Sylvia Luckett survived, although she was left with permanent brain damage and no clear recollection of the incident.

After Prudom left the scene, Mrs. Luckett managed to crawl to a nearby house and raise the alarm with neighbours. Prudom took the Lucketts' brown-coloured Rover car, registration VAU 875S and then drove to Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire. At some point he stole registration plates from another car, CYG 344T, and attached them to the Rover.

When North Yorkshire Police received details of the Girton murder and of the Torksey robbery they concluded that the same man was responsible and the incident rooms at Nottingshamshire Police and Lincolnshire Police were connected to the North Yorkshire computer to allow the three forces to share and compare information relating to the investigations.

24 June – Attempted murder of PC Oliver

Prudom was stopped during a routine check in the Bickley area of Dalby Forest, approximately 8 miles from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on 24 June by police dog handler PC Ken Oliver. When Oliver asked him to step out of the vehicle, Prudom opened fire with his .22 pistol, the first round hitting the officer's face. As Prudom got out of the car to fire again, the police dog reacted by attacking Prudom, giving Oliver a chance to run for cover in a nearby house, and of the seven bullets that hit him none were fatal. The dog was also shot twice and wounded.

Prudom then smashed the radio transceiver in Oliver's van and drove it a short distance into the forest before returning and setting fire to the Rover. He then headed into the forest and went to ground once more. Within hours a huge manhunt had commenced in the forest, involving police marksmen, helicopters and 1,000 police officers on foot. As darkness fell the search was halted, although police maintained a cordon around the forest throughout the night.

25 & 26 June – Police search Dalby Forest

The search of the forest commenced again at daybreak on 25 June and again on the 26 June but despite maintaining a cordon throughout police were unable to find any sign of Prudom.

28 June – Identification of Prudom, murder of PS David Winter

Although Prudom had given a false name and no address, he had given his true date of birth, and an officer, PC Martin Hatton, who was cross checking outstanding arrest warrants made the connection between PC Haigh's written note and the birth date of "Barry Edwards". The police searched the address given by "Edwards" and established he was actually Barry Prudom, "a keep-fit fanatic, obsessed with weapons and the military." During the search they also found Eddie McGee's No Need To Die manual detailing special forces survival techniques.

PC Oliver was able to identify his assailant as Prudom from photographs and latent fingerprints on the burned out vehicle found near Leeds were found to be those of Prudom. Ballistic tests proved that the same gun had been used in the killings of Haigh and Luckett, and the police released Prudom's name to the media as their prime suspect and the most wanted man in Britain.

At 14.00, Police Sergeant David Winter, 31, and PC Mick Wood received information about a suspicious man seen in the village of Old Malton, North Yorkshire, 200 yards from the village police station. Winter challenged Prudom, who produced his pistol and opened fire. Although Winter tried to take cover behind a low wall, he was pursued by Prudom and shot three times, the final shot fired from point-blank range.

After then firing at a Guardian journalist and a BBC news crew, Prudom escaped from the scene through a nearby alley. Heavy rain hampered the search efforts for the next two days, and despite the presence of 600 officers, including 100 armed officers, the use of dogs and the RAF's Search & Rescue Westland Wessex helicopters, Prudom eluded detection.

30 June – Eddie McGee joins manhunt

Eddie McGee (c.1938-2002), nicknamed "Jungle Eddie" by colleagues, was a former Physical Training Instructor from the Parachute Regiment and had served as an NCO in 22 Special Air Service Regiment. Having completed 22 years of service, McGee had retired from the Army and now operated the National School of Survival, a survival training school near Harrogate.

He had authored five books on the subject, and No Need To Die was considered a "bible" for enthusiasts of personal survival studies. His tracking skills had been learned while living among Australia's indigenous aboriginal people and pygmy groups in Africa. He was married with two sons, both of whom were serving police officers in Yorkshire. Chief Constable Henshaw said of the development "Now we have somebody looking for him with even more skill in the art of evasion and survival than Barry Edwards has. I am confident we are going to find him."

McGee and a colleague, Eric Longden, joined the manhunt at Dalby Forest, and then moved on to Malton, where they followed tracks from PS Winter's body through the town's Old Manor Moor, Huttons Ambo and Low Hutton areas, escorted by an armed police bodyguard from the Central Firearms Unit. After several hours, he search moved suddenly back to Dalby Forest when police were informed that a camouflaged bivouac shelter had been uncovered in a Forestry Commission plantation.

1 July – Siege of Malton

Chief Constable Kenneth Henshaw ordered "the largest arsenal of weapons ever issued to a British police force" and placed a cordon around Malton, sealing off the town. Although certain that Prudom was still hiding somewhere in the town, police gave regular briefings to the media saying that they were searching for him in Dalby Forest. Inspector Peter Walker later explained: "We wanted him to believe we were seeking him elsewhere. The safety of the public was uppermost in our minds. The media reports were invaluable because they led Prudom to believe that the hunt was concentrated outside the town in Dalby Forest."

3 July – Prudom resurfaces

For several days Prudom hid in the countryside around the town; on 3 July, he entered the home of pensioner Maurice Johnson in East Mount, Old Malton, and took him, his wife Bessie and their son Brian as hostages. He ate a meal in the Johnson's home, which he described as the "last supper", and hid out at the house for 11 hours.

Brian Johnson later related: "As the night went on, we got talking as though we had known each other for years. He was calling me Brian and my father he was calling dad." Prudom gave Brian Johnson a gift of a US paratrooper's ring, and then, believing the area was relatively safe, tied up the family and left the house at 03.15 on 4 July.

4 July – Police locate Prudom

Having learned from television reports that Eddie McGee, a former Special Air Service (S.A.S.) member, was assisting the police, Prudom set a false trail leading away from the Johnson home, then headed back and hid in a makeshift shelter near Malton's Tennis Club, only 300 yards from the police station which was also the temporary headquarters coordinating the manhunt.

Around two hours later the Johnsons had managed to free themselves and called the police. McGee picked up Prudom's trail at the Johnson residence, and noticed disturbances of fresh dew on the grass which led him to where Prudom was hiding. A firearms squad from Greater Manchester Police, led by Chief Inspector David Clarkson, was called to the scene and Prudom was told to give himself up. Stun grenades were thrown by the police and, on hearing a gunshot from Prudom's location, Clarkson ordered his officers to open fire. When firing subsided, Prudom was found dead in the hideout.


The inquest into Prudom's death was presided over by coroner Michael Oakley. The post mortem was conducted by Dr. Siva Sivas, a lecturer in forensic pathology at Leeds University, who reported that there were a total of 21 penetrating shotgun wounds to Prudom's body which had "insufficient velocity to enter the body cavity", a .22 bullet fired into the right side of his head which was consistent with a self-inflicted wound, and a further shotgun pellet which had entered through his forehead. Both of the head wounds would have caused instant loss of consciousness and possibly instant death.

Oakley summed up the evidence to the jury by saying: "I would submit to you that there is an abundance of evidence to suggest that he fired the shot that killed himself", and the jury took just 18 minutes to return a verdict of suicide.

Prudom was buried in an unmarked grave in Harehills Cemetery, Leeds.


Barry Peter Prudom

Born out of wedlock in October 1944, Briton Barry Prudom was an avid outdoorsman and firearms enthusiast who joined the elite Special Air Service in 1969. 

His subsequent travels abroad including a camping tour of the United States - would later be used in an effort to explain his final rampage as inspired by "overseas organizations," but the conspiracy theory will mat stand close examination. Prudom's ex-wife remembers him as violent and possessive, harboring true affection only for his mother and grandparents. 

Prudom was already named in one arrest warrant, for wounding, when Constable David Haigh stopped his car for a routine traffic check near Harrowgate, in Yorkshire, on June 17, 1982.

Barry identified himself as "Clive Jones," but gave his true birthdate, and Constable Haigh had time to jot the information down along with Prudom's license number - before Prudom whipped out a pistol, killing his victim with one shot to the head. 

The car was found abandoned in a field near Leeds, its license plate and latent fingerprints identifying Prudom as the gunman. Moving swiftly, he turned up in Lancashire, invading an old woman's cottage and leaving her bound but unharmed as he fled with some cash.

At Girton, in Nottinghamshire, he broke into the home of George and Sylvia Lockett, seeking more money. George tried to defend himself and was killed on the spot, his wife crippled by a shot to the head, causing permanent brain damage. 

Traveling in the Locketts' car, Prudom made his way to the Dalby Forest region of North Yorkshire. He was resting when Constable Kenneth Oliver surprised him, and Barry squeezed off seven shots, wounding Oliver in the face, arm, and chest.

The officer's life would be saved by emergency surgery, but a massive manhunt was already underway for the notorious "Cop Killer," police sparing no effort in their bid to run him down. Prudom was leaving the post office at Old Malton when Constable Michael Woods approached him to make the arrest. 

Unarmed, Woods bolted at the sight of Prudom's gun, but the killer pursued him, dropping Woods with three close-range shots as he tried to scramble over a nearby wall. Witnesses maintain that the final shot was fired while Woods lay helpless on the ground at Prudom's feet. 

Living off the land, Prudom fashioned himself a makeshift shelter in the woods near Malton, Yorkshire, emerging from cover on July 3 to hold three members, of the Johnson family hostage in their Malton home.

Sitting down to dinner with the family, Prudom called it "the Last Supper," regaling them with a description of his crimes while he fed himself. Prudom left the Johnsons unharmed, and police were close behind him when he returned to his forest hideout on July 4. 

A fierce battle erupted, officers lobbing stun grenades, blasting away with rifles and shotguns before silence fell over the scene. Inside his lean-to, Prudom was found dead from a self-inflicted head wound; he had also stopped a shotgun pellet in the forehead, and the coroner would count 21 other wounds on his body. 

A. jury deliberated for eighteen minutes before ruling his death a suicide.

Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers - Hunting Humans


Reign of terror: 17/06/82 - 28/06/82

Motive: Unknown






17 June

PC David Haigh


Norwood Edge, North Yorkshire

20 June

Freda Jackson

False imprisonment

Torksey, Lincolnshire

23 June

George Luckett


Girton, Nottinghamshire

24 June

PC Kenneth Oliver

Attempted murder

Bickley, North Yorkshire

28 June

PS David Winter


Old Malton, North Yorkshire

Method: Shot with a .22 calibre bullet.

Sentence: Prudom committed suicide when the police finally found him on 4th July 1982.

Interesting facts: Despite the police searching hard for Prudom, he continued to disappear following each murder, for over a week. Finally he was tracked down with the help of a survival expert, Eddie McGee.

The night prior to his discovery, Prudom had spent his time in the home of elderly Mr and Mrs Maurice Johnson and their son. He had tied them up and held them captive for the evening, but later untied them. Throughout the night, he apparently confessed to everything he had done in the previous fortnight. At 5am the following morning, he left their house, and was found later that day in a wood close to their home.


Barry Peter Pruden

In the early hours of a June morning in 1982, 29-year-old PC David Haigh was on duty. By 7.30am, he'd been shot dead at a lonely beauty spot, Warren Point near Harrogate. He was still clutching his clipboard upon which he'd written the details Clive Jones, NFA (no fixed address), 18.10.44.

Although he didn't know it then, in taking those details, David in fact solved his own murder.

Immediately, a major investigation was launched,  although a full week would pass before the scale of the operation became apparent. Meanwhile, 70 miles away, a Lincolnshire pensioner was also shot dead, though at first police did not link it to the Warren Point incident.

An eagle-eyed officer in Wakefield was sorting through his outstanding warrants - that's when a warrant is issued for an arrest, but the culprit hasn't been caught. He came across one for electrician Barry Peter Prudom, wanted for attacking a motorist with an iron bar. The officer noticed his date of birth: 18.10.44 - the same as the elusive Mr Clive Jones. He quickly put two and two together.

Although Prudom gave false details when he was unexpectedly disturbed by PC Haigh, he couldn't instantly come up with a false date of birth, a fact which trips up many criminals and one which is well known to the police. Prudom had made a major error.

By then, police had compared the bullets which had killed both PC Haigh and the Lincolnshire pensioner and found they came from the same gun, so Barry Prudom became the prime suspect and the most wanted man in Britain.

Prudom, meanwhile, stole a car in Lincolnshire to return to the North York Moors where he went on the run, hiding in the expansive and impenetrable Dalby Forest.

"He was an expert in outdoor survival, but even so, hunger forced him into the small market town of Malton where he killed another policeman, Sgt David Winter. Police set up an incident room there, from where they handled the huge amount of press, TV and radio enquiries. The story was now international.

It was the first time a police PR man spoke to the media directly from the crime scene and set a precedent for the way police deal with the media during major investigations.

Police  knew they had to keep the media on thier side and the best way to do that was to give them regular updates. They knew Prudom was still in Malton; in fact he was holding an elderly couple hostage in their home, but they wanted him to believe they were seeking him elsewhere. The safety of the public was uppermost in the police minds. The media reports were invaluable because they led Prudom to believe that the hunt was concentrated outside the town in Dalby Forest. There he'd earlier shot and injured another policeman. If he'd known police were getting close to him, he could well have harmed his hostages."

Believing the immediate pressure was off him, Prudom fled the house leaving his hostages unharmed. Minutes later, police cornered him on Malton tennis courts where, faced with imminent capture, he shot himself.



DATE(S): 1982-83

MO: Fatally shot two policemen and a male robbery victim.

DISPOSITION: Suicide during shoot-out with police, July 4, 1982.


Barry Peter Prudom



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