Sutcliffe was a loner as a child,
preferring to be at home with his mother than out with
friends, he had few friends, and was bullied at school,
he became very introverted.
Sutcliffe left school at 15 and did
various unskilled jobs, gravedigger, mortuary attendant,
factory worker, in 1966 he met Sonia Szurma, they
married in 1974.
Sutcliffe had always had a peculiar
interest in prostitutes, getting married did nothing to
June 1975, he took his HGV
licence. Becoming a lorry driver, this gave him nights
away from home, his interest in prostitutes heightened.
Between 1975 and 1984
Sutcliffe was known as the "Yorkshire Ripper" as he
terrorized prostitutes around Northern England with his
hammer and other instruments of torture.
5th July 1975, His first known
attack was attempted murder of Anna Rogulskyj in
Keighley. The last attack being the murder of Jacqueline
Hill in Leeds on 15th November 1980.
See full list of attacks / victims
Sutcliffe apparently spoke with God
frequently. The good Lord ordered him to go out and hunt
prostitutes and, as a true Christian, he did as he was
told. Luckily, he also enjoyed the job and would orgasm
as he hammered and stabbed his victims to death.
Police were frustrated with numerous
false confessions they received during their search for
2nd January 1981, Sutcliffe was
finally caught sitting in a car with a prostitute. While
in custody he confessed to everything. The ripper is
also suspected of having killed and maimed several other
women in France and Sweden during his travels abroad.
Tuesday 14th April 1981, Trial
starts at Leeds Crown court. The judge in agreement with
prosecution and defence agreed to transfer trial to the
old Bailey in London, fearing h would not receive a fair
trail in Yorkshire.
Wednesday 29th April 1981, Trial
starts at the Old Bailey, with preliminaries.
When asked for his plea on each of the
thirteen murder charges, Sutcliffe pleaded: "Not guilty
to murder but guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of
diminished responsibility." He also pleaded guilty to
each of the seven charges of attempt murder.
Tuesday 5th May 1981, Trial proper
As Sutcliffe had already admitted guilt,
the jury were instructed by the judge to consider his
sanity, and to find him sane or insane.
Friday 22nd May 1981,
After 6 hours deliberation, the jury found Sutcliffe
sane, and therefore guilty of 13 murders.
After the verdict,
psychiatrist Dr Terence Kay who had given evidence
during the three week trail, returned to the stand and
stated that the doctors considered that Sutcliffe should
be locked up for the rest of his life.
The judge sentenced him
to life with a recommendation he serve a minimum 30
Sutcliffe is on the
Home Office list of prisoners serving a 'Whole Life
Tariff', see full list
March 1996, Sutcliffe was
assaulted by Paul Wilson. Then, a prisoner at the
high-security Broadmoor hospital in Berkshire, a robber
with a nasty streak. He almost garrotted Sutcliffe
with the flex from a pair of stereo headphones because
he "resented being locked up with sex offenders". The
attacker was pulled off by two other murderers,
the "Stockwell Strangler," and
10th March 1997
Sutcliffe was stabbed in both eyes by a fellow inmate
during a fight at the Broadmoor Hospital. It is believed
that Sutcliffe was in his room in Henley Ward when he
was attacked. The attacker,
-- also known as the "Woolworths Killer"
-- stabbed The Ripper with a fibre-tipped pen, the type
used in drawing classes at the hospital. Sutcliffe was
blinded in his left eye as a consequence.
28th January 1998, Kay admitted to
stabbing Sutcliffe, adding attempted murder to his long
list of convictions.
20th October 2005, John Humble,
aged 49, of Sunderland, appeared at Leeds Magistrates'
Court and was charged with perverting the course of
The charge against him was read by a
clerk at the court, and she stated: "You sent a series
of communications, namely three letters and an audio
tape, to West Yorkshire police and the press claiming to
be the perpetrator of a series of murders that at that
time were the subject of a police investigation."
9th January 2006, John Humble
appeared at Leeds Crown Court before Judge Norman Jones
QC. Humble's plea was not guilty to the four charges of
perverting the course of justice in relation to the
Wearside Jack letters and tape.
23rd February 2006, Leeds Crown
Court before Judge James Stewart QC, John Humble's
defence counsel, David Taylor, told the court that John
Humble admitted to being the author of the Wearside Jack
hoax letters and tape, but denies that his intent was to
pervert the course of justice.
21st March 2006, John Humble
appeared before Judge Norman Jones QC, for sentencing on
the four charges of perverting the course of justice in
relation to the Wearside Jack hoax.
Judge Jones sentenced John Humble to six
years for each of three letters he sent, and eight years
for the infamous hoax tape, all sentences are to run
December 2007 Sutcliffe was attacked again, a fellow
lunged at him with
a metal cutlery knife while shouting "You fucking
raping, murdering bastard, I'll blind your fucking other
one." Sutcliffe flung himself backwards and the blade
missed his right eye by half a inch, instead stabbing
him in the cheek.
Sutcliffe, is likely to be told that he will never be
freed when he is given the minimum term he must serve
for the murder of 13 women.
He has instructed
lawyers to apply to the High Court for a tariff – the
minimum term – to be set for the first time since he was
jailed in 1981.
2009, it was reported that Sutcliffe was 'fit to
leave Broadmoor'. If the Ministry of Justice agrees with
the doctors' verdict, he will be sent to a medium-secure
unit where he could be allowed out on short release for
2015, A book published by
researchers claimed that there may be at least another
22 victims of Sutcliffe that were never investigated.
August 2016, Peter Sutcliffe moved from Broadmoor
secure psychiatric hospital to a high security prison.
A panel considered
that his paranoid schizophrenia has been successfully
treated and that he should join the man prison
He was been moved
to HMP Frankland in County Durham.
fought against the move, as he had an easy life at
26th July 2020, Reported in the UK
press that Sutcliffe had submitted a bid to have his
category A status reduced so he could move to a more
relaxed prison. This was refused, the now 74-year-old is
reportedly very ill.
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