Peter Sutcliffe, better known as the Yorkshire Ripper, has died in hospital aged 74 after contracting coronavirus. He was serving a lifelong sentence for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and the North West of England between 1975 and 1980.
He died at the University Hospital of North Durham after being transferred there from maximum security HMP Frankland, where he was an inmate.
The killer had tested positive for COVID-19, and according to reports he had turned down medical treatment for the virus. He was also suffering from underlying health conditions including diabetes, heart trouble and obesity.
Known as Britain's most notorious killer of the 20th century, the Yorkshire Ripper also attempted to kill seven other women, and used a hammer, a screwdriver and a knife to mutilate his victims.
Throughout his reign of terror, there was another woman by Sutcliffe’s side – his wife, Sonia.
Sonia, the daughter of Czech parents, was just 16 years old when she met Sutcliffe, after defying her father’s orders and attending a disco at a local pub.
Sutcliffe was four years older. He had dropped out of school and worked in a string of menial jobs, including as a gravedigger.