The true story of how Peter Sutcliffe’s terrible reign of terror claimed at least twenty-two more lives
Yorkshire Ripper – The Secret Murders
In 1981, Peter Sutcliffe, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ was convicted of thirteen murders and seven attempted murders. All his proven victims were women: Most were prostitutes.
Astonishingly, however, this is not the whole truth. There is a still-secret story of how Sutcliffe’s terrible reign of terror claimed at least twenty-two more lives and left five other victims with terrible injuries. These crimes – attacks on men as well as women – took place all over England, not just in his known killing fields of Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Police and prosecution authorities have long known that Sutcliffe’s reign of terror was far longer and far more widespread than the public has been led to believe. But the evidence has been locked away in the files and archives, ensuring that these murders and attempted murders remain unsolved today.
As a result, the families of at least twenty-two murder victims have been cheated of their right to know how and why their loved ones died, while the plight of five others who survived his attacks has never been officially acknowledged.
Worse still, police blunders and subsequent suppression of evidence ensured that three entirely innocent men were imprisoned for murders committed by the Yorkshire Ripper. They each lost the best parts of their adult lives, locked up and forgotten in stinking cells for more than two decades.
This book, for a former police Intelligence Officer and an award-winning investigative journalist, is the story not just of those long-cold killings, of the forgotten families and of three terrible miscarriages of justice. It also uncovers Peter Sutcliffe’s real motive for murder – and reveals how he manipulated police, prosecutors and psychiatrists to ensure that he serves his sentence in the comfort of a psychiatric hospital rather than a prison cell.