The Yorkshire Ripper can be heard admitting he was moments away from killing another woman in a chilling recording. Listen here:
The infamous serial killer - real name Peter Sutcliffe - was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more between 1975 and 1980.
When police finally arrested him, prostitute Olivia Reivers was with him in his car, and in tapes featured in new Channel 5 documentary The Ripper Speaks: The Lost Tapes, Sutcliffe is clear about what he intended to do had officers not detained him.
The doc will air recordings captured by a source known only as 'Brenda' who had access to Sutcliffe before he died.
Speaking about the shocking new confessions on This Morning, investigative reporter Mark Williams-Thomas said: "He tells us for the very first time about the day he was arrested, and it's chilling because what he tells us, and we probably worked this out but we've never had it from him, is when he picks up Olivia, the prostitute he gets arrested with, he literally was minutes away from killing her.
"When we ask him about that he very clearly says, 'Why else do you think I picked her up?'"
Asked if Sutcliffe ever showed signs of remorse, he added: "He shows small signs of remorse, and the remorse though is always captured around the fact of what's the impact on him."
Sutcliffe died in November 2020 aged 74 after he contracted Covid-19.
The murderer had been warned he was a prisoner vulnerable to coronavirus by the authorities at Frankland Prison, near Durham, but he declined to be shielded behind bars.
Speaking at the inquest in September, Coroner Crispin Oliver said: "Peter Sutcliffe is now dead, he died a natural death having received good medical care.
"Obviously I think of his family at this time, but [my thoughts] also return to those women whose names I read out at the opening of this inquest last November – they were his victims.
"My continuing best wishes go to their families, loved ones and friends.
"Speaking to the victims' families, loved ones and friends, I hope you have some sense of closure at this point and that your loved ones, the victims, may better rest in peace now that Peter Sutcliffe is dead."
The Ripper Speaks: The Lost Tapes airs tonight on Channel 5 at 10pm.
Featured Image Credit: Channel 5/The Ripper Speaks
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