LONDON (AP) — The British serial killer known as the “Yorkshire Ripper,” a man who instilled terror and fear across northern England in the 1970s, died Friday at a hospital there. He was 74.
Peter Sutcliffe, a former gravedigger, was serving concurrent life sentences for killing 13 women in Yorkshire and northwest England between 1975 and 1980.
British media reported he had refused treatment after testing positive for COVID-19 and was suffering from a number of underlying health conditions. His death will be investigated by the coroner.
Sutcliffe´s barbaric attacks on young women were compounded by the police incompetence that allowed him to evade arrest and continue killing. The manhunt for the Ripper was one of the biggest the country had ever known, with some 2.5 million hours spent trying to catch him. Documentaries have chronicled how stubborn U.K. investigators stuck to their theories, missing key leads, ignoring contradictory evidence