Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe

NAME: Peter Sutcliffe


SPAN OF MURDERS: 1975-1980


SENTENCE: Life imprisonment (without the possibility of parole)

DATE OF BIRTH: 02/06/1946

STATUS: Currently serving sentence at HM Prison Frankland

MORE INFO: An English serial killer who was dubbed 'The Yorkshire Ripper' by the press, lorry driver Peter Sutcliffe carried out several attacks in West Yorkshire over five years, gaining notoriety for the gruesomeness of the crimes and his ability to evade capture. He targeted women walking alone at night or working as prostitutes, typically hitting them first with a hammer and then slashing them with a knife.

During one of the largest ever investigations by a British police force, which they were ill prepared for, West Yorkshire Police discovered links to Sutcliffe and interviewed him nine times, but he was not strongly suspected. Sutcliffe was finally caught when he was stopped by police with a 24-year-old prostitute in his car and discovered to have false number plates. The next day, a knife, hammer and rope he had discarded at the scene were found and, under intense questioning, Sutcliffe finally confessed.

In 1981, Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering thirteen women and attempting to murder seven others. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Sutcliffe was eventually moved from HMP Parkhurst to Broadmoor Hospital, becoming one of its most famous inmates. During his incarceration, Sutcliffe has been attacked several times by fellow convicts, with one attack resulting in the loss of vision in his left eye.

In 2010, Sutcliffe applied for the possibility of parole and the High Court of Justice decided he should never be released. In 2015, Sutcliffe was assessed as being no longer mentally ill and moved from Broadmoor to Frankland Prison in Durham.