NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
2nd September, 1979 : A killer know as the Yorkshire Ripper today claimed his 12th victim with the brutal murder of a girl student. He has succeeded in evading capture during a four-year reign of terror, and detectives at the centre of one of Britain’s biggest manhunts issued a warning that no woman was safe to be out on the streets at night on her own. By attacking Barbara Leach, 20, a student from Bradford University, the murderer has proved he was now picking off his victims at random, police said. Her mutilated body was found on the fringes of the city’s red light district, but unlike 8 of the Ripper’s other victims she had no links with vice.
[ “Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has been recorded telling family he will one day be able to ‘pop to the shops’ on day release, it emerged today (18th November 2012). The serial killer, who was jailed for murdering 13 women, was also taped at the high security hospital Broadmoor defending predatory paedophile Jimmy Savile. Sutcliffe, now 66, was recorded speaking on weekly telephone calls to his younger brother Carl Sutcliffe by a source who leaked the tapes toThe Sun.
According to the recordings Sutcliffe, who was jailed for life in 1981 after admitting killing 13 women and attempting to murder seven more, has been deemed a ‘low risk’ prisoner as long as he takes his medication. During the calls, which the Sun reports were made every Tuesday and lasted 15 minutes, he also defends Jimmy Savile, as police investigate 300 cases of alleged abuse by the former BBC star across three decades. He claimed the victims were talking ‘rubbish’ and insisted his old friend was innocent.
Sutcliffe, whose reign of terror spanned between 1975 and 1980 in one of the most notorious serial killer cases in British history, was also taped boasting about how many visitors and penpals, some as young as 21, he had.
The former trucker, who claimed he was on a divine mission to rid the streets of prostitutes, is now a Jehovah’s Witness and whinged to his brother during the calls that he could not find a copy of the Watchtower, a magazine produced by the religious group.”