The Yorkshire Ripper


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The Yorkshire Ripper

  1. 1. Peter Sutcliffe - ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’ By Ellie and Becca
  2. 2. Early life <ul><li>Was born in Bingley West riding of Yorkshire </li></ul><ul><li>Supposedly bullied at school and left at 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Was in and out of jobs- one f which was grave digging </li></ul><ul><li>He first met wife Sonia Szurma in 1967 and they married in 1974 </li></ul><ul><li>She suffered several miscarriages and was later told she would be unable to have children </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ I couldn’t believe it of him, because he had behaved so normally at home” </li></ul><ul><li>Sonia Sutcliffe </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Crimes <ul><li>Peter Sutcliffe killed 13 women over the 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>In addition he attacked seven other women during this time </li></ul><ul><li>On several of the victims it was discovered that there were traces of semen </li></ul>
  5. 5. Possible Causes <ul><li>He claimed that god had spoken to him while he did his grave digging job, ultimately ordering him to kill prostitutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia but this was dismissed and the case was decided to be dealt with by a jury. </li></ul><ul><li>As a young man he was a frequent user of prostitutes, and it is thought that a bad experience spurred on the attacks and his hate for woman. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hoaxer <ul><li>The investigation to find the ‘Yorkshire ripper’ was mislead by a hoaxer claiming to have committed the crimes. </li></ul><ul><li>He first dubbed the crimes as the ‘Yorkshire ripper’. </li></ul><ul><li>He mislead them as he knew intimate details of the some of the crimes and had an accent from Sunderland. </li></ul><ul><li>At that time, one woman had been murdered while police focused on the search for him in Sunderland. </li></ul><ul><li>John Humble was then convicted and given eight years in prison. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>&quot;Some may not have died if Humble hadn't hoaxed the police&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>mother of victim </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1981:Yorkshire Ripper jailed for life <ul><li>Convicted of 13 counts of murder and 7 counts of attempted murder. </li></ul><ul><li>In the end, Sutcliffe was caught after police discovered he had false number plates on his car and found weapons in the boot. </li></ul><ul><li>When he was strip searched by the police they discovered a sexually explicit outfit. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ I wont let anybody down who visits me. I will always give them a really nice visit. I guess I’m a guy who need friends.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Life in prison <ul><li>He has been attacked several times in prison. </li></ul><ul><li>He was sent to Broadmoor after being diagnosed with paranoid Schizophrenia </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Pen Pals’ </li></ul><ul><li>Despite his crimes he still receives an average of 30 letters from woman. </li></ul>Sandra Lester
  11. 11. <ul><li>“ A lot of woman believe that they can heal him…in all cases women have been disillusioned and dejected and played one off against another by him.” </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Morgan who interviewed some of Sutcliffe's ‘Pen Pals’ </li></ul>
  12. 12. A second chance? <ul><li>On the 16 th of July 2010 his application to have a tariff set will be heard in the high court in London. </li></ul><ul><li>This tariff could lead to parole but only if the authorities consider he no longer poses a danger the public. </li></ul><ul><li>Although he does not have a minimum sentence the High court must take into account the gravity of his crimes </li></ul>
  13. 13. Mimics <ul><li>Stephen Griffiths was convicted of the murders of 3 prostitutes in the Bradford area. </li></ul><ul><li>This brought back harsh memories of the Yorshire Ripper and has been compared to Peter Sutcliffes crimes </li></ul><ul><li>The Ipswich Murders carried out by Steve Wright in 2006 can also be compared as prostitutes were once again the victims </li></ul>