Peter Sutcliffe is one of the worst serial killers in England history with thirteen confirmed murders and he is suspected of many more. Peter would start his killing and attacking women in residential areas but would soon switch to red light districts as sex workers could go missing without much fanfare. Sutcliffe normal plan of attack was to strike the woman with a hammer, drag her off where she was sexually assaulted and then murdered.
For five years in Yorkshire Sutcliffe would operate and when he was pulled over one day for driving with false plates the police would question him for the first time and he would admit to the murders. Peter would be convicted of murdering thirteen women and attacking seven more and would be sentenced to twenty life sentences to be served consecutively making sure he would never walk free again.
Peter Sutcliffe would die from Covid-19 in 2020
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There are no plans to charge Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, with any further offences, West Yorkshire police have confirmed.
Sutcliffe, who is serving 20 life terms for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more, was reported to have been interviewed by detectives about widespread allegations that he may have been responsible for further attacks.
But on Monday DS Jim Dunkerley said: “West Yorkshire police continues to review and where possible reinvestigate all unresolved homicides and serious sexual assaults to bring offenders to justice and to bring much needed closure to the victims and their families.
“The undertaking of such work understandably creates interest within the media and wider public.
“At this moment in time, West Yorkshire police have no intention to seek a CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] decision to charge Peter Sutcliffe with any further matters.”
Two years ago the force confirmed it was continuing to review cases listed in a 1982 report written by Sir Lawrence Byford about the flawed Ripper investigation.
Byford died on Saturday at the age of 92.
The Byford report revealed that Sutcliffe could have been responsible for a further 13 offences.
Last year the Sun reported that he had been interviewed in prison about 17 unsolved cases.
But West Yorkshire police said they could not comment on who detectives had spoken to in the course of an ongoing investigation.
In 2016 the force did confirm that officers had visited a small number of people named in the Byford report, which was completed in 1982 but only made public in 2006.
It said there was an “unexplained lull” in Sutcliffe’s criminal activities between 1969, when he first came to the police’s attention, and the first officially recognised Ripper assault in 1975.
The report said: “We feel it is highly improbable that the crimes in respect of which Sutcliffe has been charged and convicted are the only ones attributable to him.
“This feeling is reinforced by examining the details of a number of assaults on women since 1969 which, in some ways, clearly fall into the established pattern of Sutcliffe’s overall modus operandi.”
Sutcliffe, 71, a former lorry driver from Bradford, was jailed for murdering and attacking women between 1976 and 1981.
Most of his victims were sex workers who were mutilated and beaten to death.
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The Yorkshire Ripper remained unrepentant until the life was finally snuffed out him.
Not by the hangman’s noose, as many would have wished, but by a deadly pandemic that has ravaged the planet.
Peter Sutcliffe — the Ripper’s real name — butchered at least 14 women during a reign of terror that paralyzed his stomping grounds in the 1970s. He died in hospital early Friday at the age of 74 from COVID-19.
He was serving 20 concurrent life sentences and had been caged since 1981 when he was finally nabbed.
“Good riddance,” the son of one victim told The UK Sun. “Who’d have thought that coronavirus could produce at least one happy ending?”
Prior to the heinous string of murders, Sutcliffe’s life had been seemingly normal. He grew up in a large Catholic working-class family.
A bit of loner, Sutcliffe took a slew of low-paying menial jobs, including working as a gravedigger. What his pub mates didn’t know was that Sutcliffe was a peeping tom — usually on hookers and their clients.
By 1974, he was married to a woman named Sonia Szuma but dark demons of death were emerging and starting to assert themselves.
His wife didn’t know he had bashed a woman over the head in 1969 with a sock filled with rocks — and had gotten away with it.
Sutcliffe graduated to homicide in October 1975. Using his favourite weapon, a hammer, he battered mother-of-four Wilma McCann, 28, before stabbing her 15 times.
The serial killer was only just getting started.
Five years of bloody mayhem would ensue with the grisly murders of 12 more women. While his preferred targets were prostitutes, at least five of his victims weren’t on the stroll.
His hunting grounds were Manchester and West Yorkshire.
And when his victims’ bodies were discovered? Sheer horror. One of his trademarks was psychotic slash wounds to the women’s abdomens.
The attacks were so violent, their intestines spilled out of their lifeless bodies.
But Sutcliffe wasn’t sailing completely below the radar as the bodies piled up.
He bore a striking resemblance to the composite issued by the Yorkshire Police and something, well, seemed off about him.
In fact, cops would be crucified for not arresting him sooner. After all, they brought him in for questioning a staggering nine times.
And then he killed some more. The detectives’ cause wasn’t helped by a crank who sent cops two letters claiming he was the killer, which sent desperately needed resources in the wrong direction.
One of the letters was even addressed to the man in charge, Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield.
The letter read: “I have the greatest respect for you George but Lord, you are no nearer catching me now than four years ago when I started.”
It would take 26 years to catch the hoaxer who was jailed eight years for perverting the course of justice. At least three more women died because of the prank.
Sutcliffe was finally arrested on Jan. 2, 1981 after a pair of bobbies spotted him parked with a well-known hooker. They spotted his stolen plates and once more brought him in for questioning.
But one of the beat cops returned to where Sutcliffe had been pinched. There, he found the killer’s hammer and knife that had been hidden while Sutcliffe had a pee.
He was arrested and confessed to the sickening murders a short time later. In 1981, he was jailed for life for the 13 slayings and seven attempted murders.
The survivors remain haunted by their brutal brush with the demon of death.
Tracy Browne was 14 when she was attacked by a hammer-wielding monster in August 1975. She credits car headlights with saving her life.
“I just remember looking up and this dark-haired chap walking towards me,” she told Sky News. “He asked for my name and tried to make light conversation.
“And then I felt five hammer blows to the head.”