The British serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper — convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven others — died in the hospital Friday after refusing treatment for COVID-19.
Peter Sutcliffe, 74, died at 1:10 a.m. after his lungs collapsed, The Sun reported.
Sutcliffe, who was serving concurrent life sentences for the slayings in Yorkshire and northwest England between 1975 and 1980, spent almost 40 years locked up in prison and a high-security psychiatric hospital.
After testing positive for COVID-19, he was transferred to University Hospital of North Durham — where the devout Jehovah’s Witness refused to allow doctors to treat him medically, according to the report.
He insisted he did not want to prolong his life “artificially” and that he did not expect to live much longer.
By Wednesday, his condition was “rapidly deteriorating,” sources told the Sun.
Sutcliffe — who notoriously claimed after his arrest that he was “a beast” controlled “by a devil”