Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe dies in hospital

A Prison Service spokesman has confirmed that the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has died in hospital today, Friday, November 13.

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was an inmate in HMP Frankland in Durham.
Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was an inmate in HMP Frankland in Durham.

Peter Sutcliffe, 74, has died in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 and suffering from underlying health conditions.

The serial killer turned down treatment at University Hospital of North Durham.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Frankland prisoner Peter Coonan (born Sutcliffe) died in hospital on 13 November.

"The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”

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There has been no confirmation of the cause of death which will be investigated by the coroner.

The Yorkshire Ripper was being treated at the University Hospital of North Durham, three miles from the maximum security HMP Frankland jail where he is an inmate.

Two weeks ago, the serial killer was treated at the same hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

He went back to prison but returned after developing coronavirus.

Sutcliffe had a range of conditions including heart trouble, diabetes and obesity, it had been reported.

He was serving a whole life term for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and the North West between 1975 and 1980.

Sutcliffe was convicted in 1981 and, after a long spell in Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire, he was transferred to HMP Frankland in 2016 after being deemed stable enough to serve time in prison.

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