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The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe Has Died Aged 74

Claire Reid

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The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe Has Died Aged 74

Peter Sutcliffe - also known as the Yorkshire Ripper - has died after contracting coronavirus.

The 74-year-old reportedly died in hospital in the early hours of the morning.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson told LADbible: "HMP Frankland prisoner Peter Coonan (born Sutcliffe) died in hospital on 13 November. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed."

A policeman outside Sutcliffe's home. Credit: PA
A policeman outside Sutcliffe's home. Credit: PA
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Sutcliffe had been 'suffering from underlying medical conditions prior to testing positive for covid', according to the MoJ.

According to a report by the Sun, Sutcliffe was taken to University Hospital of North Durham, but once there refused treatment.

Sutcliffe spent most four decades locked away in prison and Broadman for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more between 1975 and 1980.

His five-year killing spree resulted in one of the biggest police manhunts in the UK's history.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

His 13 known victims were: Wilma McCann, Emily Jackson, Irene Richardson, Tina Atkinson, Jayne MacDonald, Jean Jordan, Yvonne Pearson, Helen Rytka, Vera Millward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach, Marguerite Walls and Jacqueline Hill.

Former police officer Bob Bridgestock, who worked on the case, told the BBC he 'won't be shedding any tears' over the death.

Sutcliffe's first victim Wilma McCann, 28, was hit with a hammer and stabbed numerous times.

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Her son Richard McCann, who was just five when she was killed, told the BBC: "The attention he's had over the years, the continuous news stories that we've suffered over the years, there is some form of conclusion to that.

"I am sure a lot of the families, surviving children of the victims may well be glad he has gone and they have a right to feel like that."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

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He went on to say that the death would give 'some kind of closure'.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: "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."

Topics: UK News

Claire Reid
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