Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, known as the “Yorkshire Ripper”, has died at North Durham University Hospital in the UK.
Serving a life sentence for the murder of 13 women and the attempted murder of seven more, Sutcliffe was rushed to hospital after contracting the coronavirus. According to the newspaper, he refused treatment. The prisoner was obese and had health problems, including diabetes and heart problems. Sutcliffe was 74 years old.
One of the women, Marcella Claxton, who survived the attack, admitted that she is still suffering the consequences, even though 44 years have passed. “I still have headaches, dizziness and blackouts,” she says.
The Yorkshire Ripper began attacking women in the late 1960s. The first murder Sutcliffe committed in 1975 – his victim was 28-year-old Vilomena McKenna from the city of Leeds. Trying to evade responsibility, he claimed that he was controlled by some voices that called for the murder of prostitutes.
In 2008, it became known that Sutcliffe was trying to challenge the life sentence.