The serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper has died in the United Kingdom. Peter Sutcliffe, one of the UK’s most notorious prisoners, was serving a whole-life term for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and the North West between 1975 and 1980.
He was jailed in 1981 and spent several years at Broadmoor Hospital where he was treated for paranoid schizophrenia, before he was transferred to HMP Frankland in County Durham in 2016.
UK Media reported that a Prison Service spokesman confirmed on Friday (13) that Sutcliffe had died at University Hospital of North Durham, three miles from where he was an inmate. He had contracted COVID-19 but is understood to have refused treatment for the virus.
Once the most feared man in the country, Sutcliffe’s killing spree instilled terror in the north of England as police failed to pick up the clues in their pursuit of the notorious murderer.As the story of his crimes grew, he became known as the Yorkshire Ripper, a reference to the Victorian killer Jack the Ripper who also mutilated his victims.
In all, 13 women were killed and seven more were viciously attacked, although police suspect the number of victims is higher.