‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe dies after refusing treatment for Covid-19 – iNews
Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe has died aged 74 , the Ministry of Justice has confirmed. Sutcliffe, dubbed the ‘Yorkshire Ripper,’ one of the UK’s most notorious and malevolent serial killers, refused treatment at the University Hospital of North Durham after contracting the coronavirus. He was reported to have a number of underlying health conditions, including obesity and diabetes.
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Richard McCann, the son of his first victim Wilma, told Sky News: “He ruined so many lives. “He will go down as one of those figures from the twentieth century in the same league I suppose as someone like Hitler.” “It was never just a drunken fight, he went out there with tools and implements and he murdered people again and again and again and again.”
The killer was serving a whole life term for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and north-west England, and the attempted murder of seven others in 1981. Sutcliffe was known to target sex workers because of their vulnerability. He confessed to the murders in January of that year.
After his incarceration, Sutcliffe admitted two other attacks on women, who wished to remain anonymous. Sutcliffe spent three decades at Broadmoor Hospital before being moved to HMP Frankland in County Durham in 2016. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
The victims of Peter Sutcliffe
Wilma McCann, 28, Leeds, October 1975 Emily Jackson, 42, Leeds, January 1976 Irene Richardson, 28, Leeds, February 1977
Patricia Atkinson, 32, Bradford, April 1977 Jayne McDonald, 16, Leeds, June 1977 Jean Jordan, 21, Manchester, October 1977
Yvonne Pearson, 22, Bradford, January 1978 Helen Rytka, 18, Huddersfield, January 1978 Vera Millward, 41, Manchester, May 1978
Josephine Whittaker, 19, Halifax, May 1979 Barbara Leach, 20, Bradford, September 1979 Marguerite Walls, 47, Leeds, August 1980
Jacqueline Hill, 20, Leeds, November 1980
Over the course of his sentence, other prisoners have inflicted violence against the serial killer, with Paul Wilson, a convicted robber, attempting to kill Sutcliffe in 1996. The truck driver turned serial killer led police on a wild goose chase over a five year period, with the West Yorkshire police interviewing him nine times in the course of their five-year investigation. A national inquiry was launched into the mishandling of the case.
Six of the young women murdered by Peter Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper. Top left to right; Vera Millward, Jayne MacDonald, Josephine Whittaker and bottom left to right; Jean Royle, Helga Rytka and Barbara Leach. (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)
He told the BBC that he had called the brother of Sutcliffe, Carl, following the news, in order to offer his condolences. “Carl Sutcliffe reached out to me many years ago when he read about my journey – he reached out to me with compassion and I felt the same.”
Former police officer Bob Bridgestock, who worked on the hunt for Sutcliffe, told BBC News he “won’t be shedding any tears.”
The cause of Sutcliffe’s death will be investigated by the coroner.