Peter Sutcliffe, the British serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper, was part of a five-year murder spree, in which he stabbed and killed at least 20 women and girls, 13 of whom died. She was killed after catching CODID-19.
The Sutcliffe murders – which left women transferred to northern England between 1975 and 1980 – sparked widespread fear in northern towns and have been criticized for so long by police for locating him.
Sutcliffe was arrested in 1981 and pleaded guilty to 13 counts of murder and 7 counts of murder. He spent the rest of his days in prison. He died early Friday after refusing treatment for the coronovirus. He was 74 years old.
A 16-year-old salesman was among those killed. His youngest victim, only 14, survived a stroke when Suitcliffe hit him five times in the head with a hammer in 1975.
Sutcliffe, who worked as a truck driver, pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of murder but was guilty of committing murder based on his responsibility.
He said God had given him the mission to kill prostitutes, although his victims came from all walks of life. The judge dismissed the waiver plea and Sutcliffe was convicted of murder in all cases.
He was sentenced to 20 life imprisonment and later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Despite questioning him nine times during the hunt, West Yorkshire Police have faced criticism for missing opportunities to capture Sutcliffe.
An investigation has found that the investigation into the use of computer files, hampering detectives’ ability to link clues to paperwork and allowing Sucliffe to squeeze through the net, has been overwhelmed.
Police also mistakenly believed a treacherous audio tape, claiming to be the killer, sending them on a pointless search with a focus on Sunderland in the northeast.
Sutcliffe was eventually caught while accompanied by a 24-year-old sex worker, and a police officer discovered that his vehicle’s license plates were fake.