THE story of a cinema owner who became one of Cheshire and North Wales’ most notorious serial killers has been turned into a book.

Peter Moore was jailed for life in 1996 for the sexually motivated murder of four men, including Keith John Randles, 49, from Vicars Cross in Chester.

The former Bagillt cinema manager’s killing spree began in 1995 after he apparently became fixated with Jason Voorhees, the fictional murderer in the Friday 13th series of slasher movies.

It was in the November of that year he murdered Mr Randles, a traffic safety manager.

Mr Randles had begged to know why he was being attacked after Moore dragged him from his caravan in North Wales and started stabbing him. Moore had replied: ‘For fun’.

Moore, who attacked more than 50 other men in what the judge at his murder trial described as ‘20 years of terror’, received four life sentences.

The Home Secretary at the time recommended that he is never released.

And in February this year Moore failed in a court challenge to his “life means life” sentence.

The 68-year-old killer also has another notorious connection with the Cheshire area.

He was one of the last people to speak to Hyde-based GP Harold Shipman when they were locked up together in Wakefield Prison.

Moore gave evidence at Shipman’s inquest, after the doctor killed himself following his conviction for murdering elderly patients in the border town.

The book has been written by former journalist Dyfed Edwards, who was a North Wales Weekly News deputy editor when the Moore murder story broke.

Mr Edwards was asked by Welsh publishing house Y Lolfa to tell the story of Moore as part of the national Quick Reads series.

He said: “As a journalist you’re very much story-driven, but doing the book made me think of the victims and all the people who suffered.

“I feel it’s very important they are not forgotten. It strikes me as quite sad that his victims will only be referred to in the context of the way in which they died.

“The four men will always be referenced in the context of him, but one should always remember that they suffered terribly.”

Peter Moore – Y Gwaethaf o’r Gwaethaf by Dyfed Edwards is published by Y Lolfa priced £1.99 and is available from bookshops in North Wales or at