The 13 women murdered by Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe

Thousands of women lived in fear in the 70s as Peter Sutcliffe terrorised lives in Yorkshire.

The evil serial killer, who has died of coronavirus, killed more than a dozen women and attempted to slaughter many more.

Twisted Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven others.

His sick spree, which started in 1975, dominated headlines for five years until it finally ended in 1980.

Women were so scared of the ripper that they were unable to leave their homes, fearing they would be his next victim.

Beastly Sutcliffe was serving a whole life order when he died at University Hospital of North Durham – three miles from HMP Falkland where he was an inmate.

It is understood the convict died after refusing treatment for coronavirus.

He was jailed in 1981, after police caught Sutcliffe with a 24-year-old prostitute called Olivia Reivers on January 2, 1981.

Police arrested him when they realised his car had false plates, and officers soon noticed that he shared many characteristics with descriptions given of the Ripper.

The following day police returned to where they pulled Sutcliffe over and found a knife, hammer and rope which the killer had dumped the previous day.

After two days of questioning, Sutcliffe finally admitted he was the Yorkshire Ripper.

He was convicted of murdering 13 women.

Wilma McCann

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Sutcliffe’s first victim is thought to be Wilma McCann, a 28-year-old mother-of-four from Scott Hall in Leeds.

She was slaughtered on October 20, 1975, after Sutcliffe struck her twice with a hammer before stabbing her 15 times in her neck and torso.

The gruesome killing sparked a huge police probe with 150 officers interviewing 11,000 people – but a culprit was never found.

Emily Jackson

Emily Jackson was 42 when she became the second Ripper victim in January 1976.

Sutcliffe knifed Jackson 52 times after he drove her half a mile to a derelict industrial estate in Leeds.

Jackson, who was in a dire financial situation, had been working as a prostitute offering sexual favours for money.

After picking her up and driving her away, Sutcliffe smashed her over the head with a hammer and dragged her body to a yard before embarking on a stabbing frenzy.

Sutcliffe stomped on her thigh, leaving behind an impression of his boot.

Irene Richardson

Over a year later Sutcliffe struck again, this time on February 5 1977.

He attacked 28-year-old Irene Richardson, a Chapeltown sex worker, and bludgeoned her to death with a hammer.

Tyre tracks left near the murder scene resulted in a long list of possible suspect vehicles.

Patricia Atkinson

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32-year-old Patricia Atkinson, a sex worker from Bradford, was killed two months later in April 1977.

Sutcliffe killed her in her own flat, where cops found a bootprint on her bed.

Jayne McDonald

Jayne McDonald was just 16 when the Ripper murdered her in Leeds in June 1977.

The teenager was not a sex worker, which sparked more fear into the heart of the community that Sutcliffe didn’t care who he killed.

Her body was found in the Adventure playground in Reginald Street.

Jean Jordan

In October 1977 Sutcliffe struck again, killing sex worker Jean Jordan, 20.

He later confessed to paying her with a then-new £5 note, which he realised would be traceable.

After hosting a party this home he returned to the wasteland near Manchester Southern Cemetery where he had dumped her body.

Unable to find the cash, he mutilated her corpse and moved it.

It would be over a week before her remains would be found.

The note was found by police in a hidden compartment in her bag and soon analysed.

It was traced to branches of the Midland Bank in Shipley and Bingley, and lead to 5,000 men being interviewed – including Sutcliffe.

Yvonne Pearson

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Yvonne Pearson, 21, was killed on January 21 1978.

The beast bludgeoned her about the head with a ball-peen hammer and then jumped on her chest before stuffing horse hair in her mouth.

He dumped her body near Lumb Lane where it remained until it was eventually found two months later, on March 26.

Helen Rytka

It was only days later that Sutcliffe would strike again, this time killing Helen Rytka, an 18-year-old prostitute.

The Ripper had expanded his territory, entering the red-light district in Huddersfield where he picked up the teenager.

He smashed her over the head with a hammer – in full view of two oblivious taxi drivers – after he took her to a nearby timber yard.

Sutcliffe dragged her out of sight before bludgeoning her again and stabbing her several time in the torso.

Vera Millward

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Vera Millward was 40 when she was killed in May 1978.

Her body was found at the grounds of Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Josephine Whitaker

Whitaker was only 19-years-old when she was killed on April 4, 1979.

She was a building society clerk when he attacked her as she walked home in Halifax.

Barbara Leach

Barbara, a 20-year-old Bradford University student, was killed on September 1 29179.

Her body was dumped under a pile of bricks near to her student digs.

Marguerite Walls

Walls was killed on August 20, 1980, whilst Sutcliffe awaited trial for drink driving.

The 47-year-old civil servant’s body was found in the garden of a home in Leeds.

Jaqueline Hill

Jaquline was the Ripper’s last victim, ending his five years of terror.

The 20-year-old was murdered on November 17, 1980.

Sutcliffe dumped the Leeds student at on wasteland near Arndale Centre.

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