British miniseries The ripper Officially joins Netflix's ever-growing true crime library on December 16 – and no, it's not about Jack the Ripper. Rather, the murder documentary follows the cruel trail of one of Britain's deadliest serial killers: Peter Sutcliffe, who the English media notoriously dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper. Sutcliffe, a former truck driver, killed 13 women and tried to kill seven more in Yorkshire and north-west England in the late 1970s. After what the public perceived to be the mistreatment of this case, police caught the Yorkshire Ripper half a decade after his murderous rampage. That year, Sutcliffe died on November 13, aged 74, after contracting the coronavirus.
Sutcliffe's reign of terror officially ended in 1981 when he was convicted of his crimes. From 1975 to 1980, Sutcliffe brutally murdered women using weapons such as screwdrivers and hammers. Many of his victims, one of them only 16 years old, were sex workers whom the police spoke of derogatory. Misled by a joke tape, police interviewed Sutcliffe nine times in connection with the killings, but never arrested him. It was only when he was caught stealing license plates that Sutcliffe confessed to the gruesome murders in Yorkshire that had left indelible marks in northern England. Sutcliffe's first known victim was Wilma McCann, a 28-year-old mother of four who died in 1975.
While he initially confessed, Sutcliffe denied his charges in court, claiming during his trial that he was on God's mission to kill sex workers. Even so, he received 20 life sentences, and the judge in his case recommended a minimum sentence of 30 years. Sutcliffe spent three decades at Broadmoor Hospital, a high-security psychiatric hospital home to some of England's most notorious killers. In 2016 he was transferred to Frankland Prison in County Durham.
Sutcliffe was admitted to the hospital two weeks after being treated for a suspected heart attack. He reportedly had underlying illnesses and turned down treatment when he contracted COVID-19.