The ″ Yorkshire Ripper ″ that terrorized the north of England dies | Europe | DW

The so-called “Yorkshire Ripper”, Peter Sutcliffe, a British serial killer who murdered and dismembered 13 women in the north of England between 1975 and 1980, has died at the age of 74, report this Friday (11/13/2020). British media.

The sadistic criminal, who mutilated the bodies of his victims, is currently serving a life sentence for crimes committed in parts of the county of Yorkshire and the English North West.

Sutcliffe, a native of the town of Bradford (England) and who had been a truck driver, died in a hospital after apparently having refused treatment for covid-19, although he also suffered from other health problems.

Boris Johnson: “Nothing will ever erase the evil it caused

“Peter Sutcliffe was a depraved and evil individual whose crimes caused unimaginable suffering and consternation to the country,” said a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Nothing will ever erase the evil he caused, but it is only fair that he died behind bars for his barbaric murders,” he added.

After terrorizing the north of England during the 1970s, Sutcliffe, whose name still resonates in the collective memory of the country, was sentenced in 1981 to 20 life sentences for murdering 13 women in Yorkshire and having tried to kill 7 others between 1975. and 1980.

Young men stand in front of Dewsbury Magistrates Court, holding a rope and a sign that reads “The Ripper is a Coward!” (1981)

In 2010, a High Court ruling established that he should never be released from prison.

Using a hammer, screwdriver and knife, Sutcliffe mutilated the bodies of his victims, earning him the sinister nickname “ripper”.

The man claimed to be in charge of a “divine mission” that led him to kill prostitutes, but not all of his victims were sex workers.

Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, he spent 30 years in a psychiatric hospital before being held in a prison in Durham, in the northeast of the country.

Police errors

Thanks to a series of police mistakes, Sutcliffe had managed to escape the police for years. Arrested in 1981 because his car had a false license plate, he ended up confessing his crimes.

Current West Yorshire Police Chief John Robins presented his “sincere apologies” to the victims and their families in a statement for the “additional anguish and anxiety” created by the “manifest errors” in the investigation and the way some top officers of the time spoke about the victims.

“The shortcomings and mistakes that were made were widely recognized and documented,” he added, assuring that “lessons have been learned.”

Police chiefs “did not look everywhere during the investigation,” former inspector Bob Bridgestock, who participated in the investigation, had previously told the BBC.

FEW (AFP, EFE)

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