Pembrokeshire Murders’ explosive finale praised by viewers as Bullseye killer is snared

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ITV drama Pembrokeshire Murders was praised by viewers as the Bullseye killer was finally snared in the explosive finale of the three-part drama.

Tonight saw serial killer John Cooper (Keith Allen) take to the stand as the evidence mounted against him for two unsolved double murders from the 80s.

The drama series, based on real-life events, follows newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, played by Luke Evans, taking the reins of the cold case.

In 1985, siblings Richard and Helen Thomas were slain in a double killing and just four years later, Peter and Gwenda Dixon were murdered.

John Cooper, played by Keith Allen, was given a life sentence for the murders
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The murders were known as the Pembrokeshire murders, or the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path murders, but Welsh serial killer Cooper was convicted in May 2011 of the double murders.

After managing to unearth footage of Cooper on gameshow Bullseye, which revealed what he looked like just a month after committing the horrific double murder, DS Steve Wilkins managed to find further evidence against Cooper.

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This included blood of shotgun victim Peter Dixon found in the hem of his shorts, which had been sewn up to hide the stain.

Cooper was convicted for the double murders and sexual assaults and subsequently sentenced to a life order, meaning that he will never be released from prison.

Following the conclusion, viewers took to Twitter to praise the drama, branding it "absolutely brilliant" and "gripping".

One tweeted: "#pembrokeshiremurders really bloody gripping drama!"

While another gushed: "Congratulations to all the actors absolutely brilliant #pembrokeshiremurders."

A third wrote: "Superb dramatisation…gripping…Keith Allen is fantastic #pembrokeshiremurders."

"#pembrokeshiremurders has been excellent” #KeithAllen doesn’t have to say a lot to deliver a brilliant performance," another commented.

*Pembrokeshire Murders is available to rewatch on ITV Hub

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