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Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe died this morning at age 74 after refusing treatment for the coronavirus.
The serial killer, who killed at least 13 women in the 1970s and 1980s, died this morning at HMP Frankland, Co Durham.
His lungs gave out overnight and he was pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m. without any visitor getting up due to coronavirus restrictions.
A spokesman for the correctional service said: “Peter Coonan, inmate of HMP Frankland [b. Sutcliffe] died in the hospital on November 13. The Prison and Probation Ombudsman has been informed. ”
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Peter Sutcliffe was one of Britain’s most famous prisoners after killing at least 13 women in the north of England in the late 1970s.
His sentence was increased to life in prison in 2010 and he was held at HMP Frankland in County Durham.
Sutcliffe died at North Durham University Hospital, three miles from where he was being held, a prison service spokesperson confirmed.
He was sent there after the development of COVID-19 but reportedly refused treatment for the virus.
The 74-year-old had already returned to prison two weeks ago after being treated for a suspected heart attack, but had to return to the hospital after a positive test for coronavirus. He had a number of health problems including diabetes and obesity.
Sutcliffe grew up in West Yorkshire and took up several low-skilled jobs after graduation, including a job as an undertaker.
He married in 1974 but was also obsessed with prostitutes.
He started attacking women in the late 1960s, but the first known murder occurred in 1975 when he killed Wilma McCann, 28, a mother of four from Leeds.
He went on to kill women in Yorkshire and the North West for the next five years, and as the story of his crimes grew he became known as the Yorkshire Ripper.
He led the police to advise women in some areas not to go out alone at night.
His 13 known victims were: Wilma McCann, 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.
Richard McCann, son of Sutcliffe’s first known victim, Wilma, told Sky News: “He’s ruined so many lives.
“He will be one of those 20th century figures in the same league, I think, as someone like Hitler.”
“It was never just a drunken brawl, he came out with tools and tools and killed people over and over and over.”