Yorkshire Ripper used hammer, screw driver and knife to inflict brutal injuries

Peter Sutcliffe was one of the UK’s most notorious serial killers, having murdered at least 13 women in the late 1970s.

Known as the Yorkshire Ripper, he has today died in prison aged 74, from coronavirus.

Sutcliffe was serving 20 concurrent life sentences, meaning he would have spent the rest of his life behind bars for his crimes.

He was jailed in 1981 after police caught the killer with 24-year-old prostitute Olivia Reivers.

Sutcliffe had murdered at least 13 women and attempted to kill seven more between 1975 and 1980 across Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

His first victim was believed to be 28-year-old mother-of-four Wilma McCann from Leeds.

Over the following five years he went on to kill Emily Jackson, Irene Richardson, Tina Atkinson, Jayne MacDonald, Jean Jordan, Yvonne Pearson, Helen Rytka, Vera Millward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach, Marguerite Walls and Jacqueline Hill.

His twisted murder method was so brutal it left harrowing injuries on his victims.

Before his first murder, he is believed to have assaulted at least four women – one by hitting her over the head with a stone inside a sock in 1969.

He also used a hammer and a knife in attacks in 1975.

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Anna Rogulskyj was slashed in the stomach with a knife. She survived but was left psychologically scarred by it.

Another victim, Olive Smelt, was slashed across the backside with a knife.

She was left with horrific injuries and battled with clinical depression after the ordeal.

Tracy Browne was attacked next. He hit her over the head from behind when walking down a country lane. She needed emergency brain surgery.

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When he started killing vulnerable women, his murder method remained fairly consistent.

He would strike his victims, who were mainly prostitutes, from behind with a hammer, before stabbing them repeatedly with a knife.

The first victim Wilma was stabbed 15 times in the neck and stomach after she was hit over the head with a hammer.

His second victim, Emily, was hit over the head with a hammer before Sutcliffe dragged her body to a yard filled with rubbish.

Here she was stabbed 52 times in the neck, chest and stomach with a screwdriver.

In one final act of evil, he stamped on Emily’s leg so hard it left a footprint on her thigh.

The attacks continued in the same grisly nature – hammer blows followed by brutal stabbings in the neck and chest, as well as sexual assaults.

The murders came to an end in 1981 when police stopped Sutcliffe, who had a sex worker in the car.

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A quick number plate check revealed they were false, and he was taken into custody.

Police searched the area where he was pulled over and found a knife, hammer and rope – all the tools he had used in his killing spree.

Sutcliffe, who confessed but claimed he had been told to kill sex workers by God, was found guilty after a two-week trial.

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