By Obinna Odenigbo
On this day in 1981, the British Police arrested Peter William Sutcliffe (born 2 June 1946).
NoCoolStory takes us down memory lane to this event as it proved a huge sigh of relief.
In case you didn’t know, Peter is a British serial killer who was dubbed by the press “The Yorkshire Ripper” during his crime spree. In 1981 Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others.
Sutcliffe regularly purchased the services of sex workers in Leeds and Bradford. His obsession with killing female street-based sex workers seems to have originated with an argument over payment, but he later claimed to have been sent on a mission to kill ‘prostitutes’ by the voice of God. In a meeting with his family shortly after his arrest he was heard to say “the women I killed were filth — bastard prostitutes who were littering the streets. I was just cleaning up the place a bit.”
He carried out the murder spree over a five year period, during which the public were especially shocked by the murders of some women who were not sex workers. When arrested in January 1981 for driving with false number-plates, police questioned him about the killings and he confessed that he was the perpetrator.
At his trial, he pleaded not guilty to murder on grounds of diminished responsibility, owing to a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, but this defence was rejected by the jury. He is currently serving twenty consecutive sentences of life imprisonment in Broadmoor High Security Hospital. After his conviction, Sutcliffe began using his mother’s maiden name and became Peter William Coonan.