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Cops were thrown off the scent of the real killer, Peter Sutcliffe, for a further three years - allowing him to kill three more women to bring his total to 13.
The group might have been thrown off the scent by their liaison at the INS, Peter Becraft--one of the officials who helped derail Berez and his system in the first place.
Red herrings, or kippers as we now know them, were often used to see if a fox hound could be thrown off the scent of its prey.