Monday 20 November 2017

Bullied boy who haunted the dreams of millions

With speculation growing that the Yorkshire Ripper is about to be released, Andrew Norfolk looks back at the hunt for the notorious killer

The 'Yorkshire Ripper' Peter Sutcliffe on his wedding day
The 'Yorkshire Ripper' Peter Sutcliffe on his wedding day

Andrew Norfolk

WHEN the end came, it was almost an anti-climax. A January night in a red-light district of Sheffield, a car parked in an office driveway with a man and a prostitute inside, two police officers and a routine arrest after checks revealed that it had false plates.

Three days later, Peter Sutcliffe leant back in his chair and calmly admitted that he was the Yorkshire Ripper.

Banner headlines screamed the news and readers stared at a pale, bearded, black-haired 34-year-old lorry driver. The faceless monster who had stalked the streets of northern England for more than five long years.

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