Ripper was never mad… just pure evil: Joy of victims’ families as
Sutcliffe is told to leave Broadmoor because he is legally sane

  • Peter Sutcliffe has been declared ‘sane’ and will leave Broadmoor
  • He will be moved to a top-security prison within weeks after hearing
  • Mental Health Tribunal’s decision will save taxpayer £250,000 per year
  • Neil Jackson, son of one victim, said: ‘It’s not come a moment too soon’ 
Neil Jackson, 58, son of second victim Emily Jackson, who was killed in 1976, said: ‘I’m glad he is finally losing his cushy lifestyle'

Neil Jackson, 58, son of second victim
Emily Jackson, who was killed in 1976, said: ‘I’m glad he is finally
losing his cushy lifestyle’
The decision
to end the Yorkshire Ripper’s cushy life in Broadmoor by moving him to a
tough jail was welcomed as ‘better late than never’ by victims’
families yesterday.
killer Peter Sutcliffe, 70, who has been officially declared sane,
should have been moved out of the secure psychiatric hospital years ago
and was always evil not mad, relatives of women he attacked insisted.
Jackson, 58, the son of his second victim Emily Jackson, 42, who was
killed in 1976, said: ‘I’m glad he is finally losing his cushy
lifestyle, but it’s not a moment too soon. 
gets better fed in Broadmoor than I do and I work six days a week. Life
has been far too easy for him up to now but he is in for a rude
A prisons are tough places and there will be no end of people lining up
to deliver the ultimate justice that the evil monster deserves.’
murderer, who butchered 13 women and tried to kill seven others, is
expected to be moved within weeks after this week’s ruling by
psychiatrists working for the Mental Health Tribunal.
Long, 58, whose mother Maureen suffered devastating injuries when
Sutcliffe attacked her with a hammer in 1977, said: ‘He should have been
‘I don’t believe he was ever ill – he was just pure evil. He knew exactly what he was doing.
‘He should never have been in Broadmoor and I am pleased and think it’s right he suffers in prison.
try not to talk about it because it still upsets me. He left the scars
on my mum and she couldn’t get over it. You never forget.
shouldn’t have had the cushy life he has had in hospital all these
years. It’s scandalous the taxpayer has been paying for this.’
costs £300,000 a year to keep him in Broadmoor, with a TV in his room
and other privileges, compared with £50,000 for a place in a
high-security prison.
Pictured: Twelve of the 13 women Sutcliffe murdered during his time at large

Pictured: Twelve of the 13 women Sutcliffe murdered during his time at large
The decision by the Mental Health Tribunal will save the taxpayer £250,000 a year. 
Lowry, 56, whose mother Olive Smelt suffered serious head injuries when
Sutcliffe attacked her in 1975, said: ‘He’s got what he deserves, being
put where he should have been in the first place.’
killer’s brother Carl Sutcliffe, 50, who used to speak to him on the
phone regularly, said: ‘I don’t know why they’ve kept him at Broadmoor
so long. He always seemed compos mentis to me on the phone.’
got 20 life sentences in 1981 and was transferred to Broadmoor three
years later after being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. 
The 70-year-old will now live out his days with killers and other inmates who are fully aware of his monstrous crimes. 
He will die in jail because he is serving a whole-life tariff.
Sutcliffe will die in jail because he is serving a whole-life tariff

Sutcliffe will die in jail because he is serving a whole-life tariff
One source close to the case said: ‘For him, the cushy life he thinks he has in Broadmoor is finally over now.’
Sutcliffe has previously claimed that he would go on hunger strike if he was made to leave Broadmoor. 
As well as the 13 women he butchered in a six-year reign of terror, he tried to murder at least seven more.
years the Ripper – who claimed he murdered the women after hearing God
tell him to kill sex workers – has insisted he remains insane in order
to stay in hospital.
psychiatrists and other experts working for the government tribunal
this week ruled he was sane and should be returned to jail.  
Work will now begin to move the killer to an as yet undecided category A prison.
is expected to be regularly moved from jail to jail owing to his
notoriety and the likelihood that other inmates may wish to harm or even
kill him.
Ministry of Justice spokesman said that Sutcliffe – now known as Peter
Coonan – will ‘remain locked up and will never be released for his evil
added: ‘Decisions over whether prisoners are to be sent back to prison
from secure hospitals are based on clinical assessments made by
independent medical staff.

It is thought Sutcliffe has cost the taxpayer £10million during his stay at Broadmoor
‘The High Court ordered in 2010 that Peter Coonan should never be released. This was upheld by the Court of Appeal. 
‘Our thoughts are with Coonan’s victims and their families.’ 
Marcella Claxton, 59, was 20 when Sutcliffe attacked her with a hammer. 
said: ‘He should be moved to a prison, he’s not sick is he? He wasn’t
mentally ill when he attacked me. He should be treated like anyone
he was sentenced to 20 life sentences in 1981, the judge told him he
would serve a minimum of 30 years – but this was never formally fixed at
the time. 
In 2010, he used legal aid to try to secure his release by claiming he was no longer a threat to the public.
judge rejected his pleas and instead handed him a whole life tariff –
which means he is one of a small band of killers who will die in jail.  
Sutcliffe pictured with his then-wife Sonia, now 65, on their wedding day in 1974

Sutcliffe pictured with his then-wife Sonia, now 65, on their wedding day in 1974
he is taking advantage of a human rights court ruling which says that
he must have a minimum tariff fixed by a court, rather than by a
years ago Professor Tony Maden, the former head of the dangerous severe
personality disorder unit at Broadmoor, said patients such as Sutcliffe
should be returned to prison. 
academic, a professor of forensic psychiatry at Imperial College
London, said: ‘We are far too ready to keep mentally disordered
prisoners in places like Broadmoor indefinitely, particularly if they
are famous.’
Fiend who butchered 13 women in six-year killing spree
By Sam Greenhill, Chief Reporter for the Daily Mail
Sutcliffe, pictured, reportedly launched his killing spree after being swindled out of money by a prostitute

Sutcliffe, pictured, reportedly launched his killing spree after being swindled out of money by a prostitute
Yorkshire Ripper butchered 13 women and tried to murder seven others,
mutilating his victims with a hammer, screwdriver and knife.
lorry driver Peter Sutcliffe regularly used prostitutes and apparently
launched his killing spree after being swindled out of money by one of
them and her pimp.
For nearly six years from 1975 he terrorised the people of Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. 
Starting by killing prostitutes, he moved on to bludgeoning women at random in the streets.
His youngest victim, Jayne MacDonald, was 16, and the oldest, Marguerite Walls, was 47. 
The first woman he killed was mother of four Wilma McCann, whom he stabbed 15 times in the neck, chest and stomach. 
The last was Jacqueline Hill, a 20-year-old student murdered on waste ground in Leeds.
At least one of the women he murdered left a tormented child who took their own life as an adult.
Police hunting the murderer gathered a quarter of a million names,
individually filed on cards, and more than 30,000 statements. But none
of it led to his arrest. 
A former detective recently claimed police even suspected Jimmy Savile at one stage and brought him in for questioning. 
Years later Savile and Sutcliffe formed a disturbing friendship when the BBC star did volunteering work at Broadmoor.
1978 and 1979 hoaxer John Humble, who was later jailed, sent police on a
wild goose chase to the North East looking for someone with a Geordie
was eventually snared by chance in 1980 in a red light area of
Sheffield during a routine number-plate check of his car. 
His then wife Sonia Szurma, whom he married in 1974, told of her shock. 


  • £20 a week pocket money
  • Supermarket where he buys phone cards, writing paper and stamps, snacks and Diet Coke
  • Relaxed regime allows him to write dozens of letters and make 15 phone calls a week
  • Room has TV and and MP3 music player. Enjoys tuning in to I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!
  • Weekly pottery classes
  • Bible class (he claims to be a Jehovah’s Witness)
  • Constant
    stream of adoring visitors – up to four days of visits every week
    permitted. They can stay four hours a day, or six on a Saturday
  • Team of bodyguards protect him from unwanted attentions of other patients
  • Told a friend the nurses are ‘friendly and patient’
  • Cost to public: £300k a year
  •  Cramped cells fitted with an uncomfortable bed and a toilet bowl
  • Endemic problems with gang culture, drugs, bullying and violence
  • Early starts (Sutcliffe reportedly ‘likes his lie-ins’) around 7.45am.
  • Morning workshops, education or gym
  • Allowed two one-hour visits every four weeks
  • Sutcliffe recently told a friend: ‘Category A prisons are a pit of black despair.’
  • If he goes to HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire, he will be in heart of the region where he waged his reign of terror
  • Current
    inmates of the jail – nicknamed Monster Mansion – include April Jones’s
    killer Mark Bridger and Sarah Payne murderer Roy Whiting
  • Cost to public: £50k a year
his Old Bailey trial in 1981 Sutcliffe claimed he had heard a voice
while working as a gravedigger in 1967, and that God had instructed him
to kill prostitutes. 
The jury did not believe him, and Sutcliffe was sentenced to 20 life terms.
The trial judge ruled he should serve at least 30 years and he was sent to Parkhurst, a regular prison, on the Isle of Wight. 
In 1983 an inmate plunged a broken coffee jar into his face, requiring 30 stitches.
1984, Sutcliffe was moved to Broadmoor secure mental hospital in
Berkshire after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. 
Home Secretaries subsequently decided he should never be released. 
appealed against this at the High Court in 2010 but Mr Justice Mitting
turned him down, comparing his spree to a ‘terrorist outrage’. 
Police pictured holding back the crowds during Sutcliffe's trial at the Old Bailey in 1981

Police pictured holding back the crowds during Sutcliffe’s trial at the Old Bailey in 1981

Yet the Ripper gets fan mail and has even been engaged.
He was attacked in Broadmoor too – stabbed in both eyes by a convicted murderer. He lost the sight in his left eye. 
2015, he was allowed out to visit an NHS clinic in Surrey for treatment
to his right eye, mingling with shocked members of the public. 
His weight had ballooned to almost 20st and he has a range of ailments.
Sutcliffe has gone on hunger strike when he previously thought he would be moved to a jail. 
In 2005, he was on the verge of a coma after starving himself for 12 days.
recent months, he has been on suicide watch after realising
psychiatrists were sceptical of his mental health ruse and could have
him transferred back to jail. 
Now, at last, it is happening.


who lived in Bradford, West Yorkshire, believed he was on a ‘mission
from God’ to kill prostitutes, although not all his victims were.
other victims, aged between 16 and 47, included two university
students, a civil servant, a bank clerk and a supermarket worker.
Sutcliffe was dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper because he mutilated his victims using a screw driver, hammer and knife.
He was also convicted of seven counts of attempted murder in and around Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
Emily Jackson, the second victim of the Yorkshire Ripper

Irene Richardson was murdered by Sutcliffe in February 1977

Emily Jackson, left, was Sutcliffe’s second victim, while Irene Richardson, right, was his third victim 
Summer 1975:
Peter Sutcliffe begins attacking women, two in Keighley and one in
Halifax. All three survive and police do not link the attacks.
30 October 1975: Sutcliffe carries out his first fatal attack on Wilma McCann, a 28-year-old prostitute from the Chapeltown district of Leeds.
20 January 1976: He murders Emily Jackson, 42, from Leeds, battering her with a hammer and stabbing her with a screwdriver.
5 February 1977: He kills Irene Richardson, 28, another prostitute from Leeds.
23 April 1977: Sutcliffe strikes for the first time in his home town of Bradford, murdering 32-year-old Patricia Atkinson.
26 June 1977: The
case comes to the attention of the national press after Sutcliffe
murders Jayne MacDonald, a 16-year-old shop assistant. The murder, and
the realisation that a serial killer is on the loose in Yorkshire,
shocks the country.
attacker is dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper by the press, and West
Yorkshire Chief Constable Ronald Gregory appoints his most senior
detective, Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield, to investigate the
1 October 1977: Sutcliffe
chooses Manchester for his next attack – on Jean Jordan, 20. He dumps
her body on an allotment and throws her bag, containing a brand new £5
note he gave her, into nearby shrubs.
find the bag and trace the serial number on the note back to the
payroll of Yorkshire hauliers T and W H Clark, who employ Peter
Sutcliffe is interviewed by police but provides an alibi placing him at a party.
21 January to 16 May 1978: Sutcliffe
murders three prostitutes – Yvonne Pearson, 21, from Bradford; Helen
Rytka, 18, from Huddersfield, and 40-year-old Vera Millward from
4 April 1979: Sutcliffe kills Halifax Building Society clerk Josephine Whitaker, 19.
June 1979: A
tape is sent to police by a man calling himself Jack the Ripper, who
has already sent a series of hand-written letters from Sunderland.
Assistant Chief Constable Oldfield mistakenly decides that these are the
work of the Ripper. Wearside Jack, as he becomes known, is pinpointed
to the Castletown district of Sunderland by voice experts. Detectives
are told they can discount suspects who do not have a Wearside accent.
July 1979: Police
interview Sutcliffe for the fifth time. Detective Constables Andrew
Laptew and Graham Greenwood are suspicious but their report is filed
because his voice and handwriting do not fit the letters and tape.
2 September 1979: Sutcliffe murders Barbara Leach, 20, in Bradford.
2 October 1979: A £1million campaign is launched to catch the Yorkshire Ripper.
Police, pictured at the murder scene of Ms Richardson, spent years trying to solve the case

Police, pictured at the murder scene of Ms Richardson, spent years trying to solve the case
20 August 1980: The
Ripper claims another victim, Marguerite Walls, 47, from Leeds,
followed by Jacqueline Hill, 20, a Leeds University student, on November
November 1980: Detective
Chief Superintendent James Hobson replaces Oldfield. Hobson downgrades
the importance of the Wearside Jack tape and letters.
3 January 1981: Sutcliffe
admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper after police arrest him with a
prostitute. Police admit the killer does not have a Wearside accent. 
22 May 1981: Sutcliffe
is jailed for life at the Old Bailey. The judge recommends a minimum
sentence of 30 years. He is transferred to Broadmoor secure hospital in
Berkshire in 1984.
24 May 1989: Wife of Sutcliffe wins damages.
21 March 2006: John
Humble, a former builder, is sentenced to eight years in prison after
he admits to being the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer known as Wearside Jack.
1 June 2006: A
report which has been kept secret for nearly 25 years reveals that
Sutcliffe probably committed more crimes than the 13 murders and seven
attempted murders for which he was convicted. 

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