But it was in Elland where the Slasher legend was to see the next stage of its development. Co-op manager Percy Waddington reported being attacked practically outside his store while returning home with fish and chips around 9pm.
The 3 inch cut he suffered slashed an artery, and he reported grabbing a piece of the slasher's coat - as well as discovering the razor blade used in the attack. Significantly, however, a coat with a missing cuff was found in the rugby park opposite the scene of the attack and identified as belonging to Waddington himself. 4 days later, he would confess to the police that he had faked the attack, without being able to offer a rational explanation for his actions.
In the meantime, within minutes, the Slasher story had moved on to Green Lane, where the phantom assailant was to strike again.