Yorkshire Ripper

Sutcliffe admits killings as Ripper trial opens

The Guardian, April 30 1981

Peter William Sutcliffe, aged 34, stood in the dock at the Old Bailey yesterday and admitted killing 13 women and attempting to murder seven others.
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Sutcliffe: jury must judge his sanity

The Guardian, May 6 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

An Old Bailey jury was told yesterday it would have to decide whether Peter Sutcliffe was a sick man who believed God wanted him to kill prostitutes or whether he was a clever, callous murderer who had tried to feign insanity.
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The tale of two Rippers - in Sutcliffe's own words to police and doctors

The Guardian, May 6 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

The Attorney General, Sir Michael Havers, opened the case for the Crown against Peter Sutcliffe by telling the jury of six men and six women why it was necessary for them to be present.
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Sutcliffe claims God first spoke to him in a cemetery

The Guardian, May 7 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

Peter Sutcliffe claimed that God first spoke to him while he was digging a grave in Bingley Cemetery, according to a Bradford psychiatrist who interviewed him 11 times.
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Sutcliffe describes killing for God

The Guardian, May 7 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

Sir Michael Havers, prosecuting, began the second day of the trial by describing how Peter Sutcliffe's last victim, Jacqueline Hill, aged 20, met her death.
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Sutcliffe took friends to red light districts - and attacked women

The Guardian, May 8 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

Peter Sutcliffe attacked prostitutes while taking his friends on regular tours of Northern red light districts, the jury in the Yorkshire Ripper case heard yesterday.
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The wasted suspicions of Sutcliffe's friends

The Guardian, May 8 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

One of the oldest friends of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, told an Old Bailey jury yesterday how they drove around red-light districts together in the late 60s and how, on one occasion, he thought Mr Sutcliffe had said he hit a woman on the head with a stone in a sock.
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Prostitute describes the night police saved her from Sutcliffe

The Guardian, May 8 1981

Olivia Reivers, the prostitute who was with Peter Sutcliffe when he was arrested, told how he had paid £10 for her services: but the police arrived and they were taken to the police station because the number plates on Mr Sutcliffe's car were false.
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Sutcliffe says his wife gave him false alibis

The Guardian, May 9 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

Peter Sutcliffe told police that he had been able to cover his tracks after several attacks because his wife gave false alibis for him without realising it, an Old Bailey jury heard yesterday when his trial on 13 murder charges continued.
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Sutcliffe says he resisted the voice which told him to kill

The Guardian, May 12 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

Peter Sutcliffe yesterday stepped into the witness box at the Old Bailey and told the jury that God had saved him from the police, even when when they knew that he was the Yorkshire Ripper.
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Sutcliffe speaks of God, his girlfriend, and his mission to murder

The Guardian, May 12 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

The sixth day of the Yorkshire Ripper trial was stopped after 20 minutes yesterday when Mr James Chadwin QC, for the defence, asked for a 45-minute adjournment in the light of 'certain events over the weekend’. An hour later, Mr Chadwin rose to address the court. “I call Peter Williams Sutcliffe” he said.
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Sutcliffe denies sexual motive

The Guardian, May 13 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

Peter Sutcliffe was accused during a gruelling three-hour cross-examination yesterday of being a liar who gained sexual satisfaction from "horrible, cynical, macabre" killings.

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Sutcliffe tells court there is nothing wrong with him

The Guardian, May 13 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, denied at the Old Bailey yesterday that he was mad or that he had ever planned to pretend to be mad.
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Sutcliffe "felt righteous" as he killed for God

The Guardian, May 14 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

The forensic psychiatrist to whom Peter Sutcliffe first mentioned his divine mission to kill prostitutes yesterday defended his view that Mr Sutcliffe is a paranoid schizophrenic.
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Psychiatrist concedes he could be wrong about Sutcliffe insanity

The Guardian, May 15 1981

One of the psychiatrists who has diagnosed Peter Sutcliffe as a paranoid schizophrenic conceded yesterday that he could have been conned. He agreed that there was a sexual element in six of Sutcliffe's attacks.
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Sutcliffe "hears voice of God in court"

The Guardian, May 18 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

A consultant psychiatrist told the jury in the Yorkshire Ripper trial yesterday that within half an hour of seeing Peter Sutcliffe, he had diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic.
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Sutcliffe "laughed as he recalled attacks"

The Guardian, May 19 1981
with Alan Rusbridger

Peter Sutcliffe smiled and laughed when he was describing some of his attacks to a psychiatrist and made one of them sound like a joke, an old Bailey jury heard yesterday.
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Sutcliffe - "a sadistic murderer who loved his job"

The Guardian, May 20 1981
with Malcolm Pithers

The Old Bailey trial of Peter Sutcliffe moved into its final stages yesterday with the last witness completing his evidence and both sides presenting their final speeches to the jury.
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Sutcliffe lawyer says no foreseeable date for his release

The Guardian, May 21 1981
with Malcolm Pithers

Mr Justice Boreham yesterday told the jury on the 13th day of the Old Bailey trial of Peter Sutcliffe that he would send them out tomorrow morning to consider their verdict.
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Jury set to consider verdict in Sutcliffe trial

The Guardian, May 22 1981
with Malcolm Pithers

The jury in the Old Bailey trial of Peter Sutcliffe will retire to consider its verdict soon after No. 1 court reconvenes this morning.
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Sutcliffe guilty of murder - 20 life sentences

The Guardian, May 23 1981
with Malcolm Pithers

The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire last night ordered an inquiry into the force's handling of the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper in the wake of the 20 life sentences passed on Peter Sutcliffe at the Old Bailey.
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The murder trial that became an entertainment for the privileged

The Guardian, May 23 1981

There have been times over the last three weeks when No. 1 Court at the Old Bailey has seemed more like a theatre than a court of law.
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Inside the mysterious mind of Peter Sutcliffe

The Guardian, May 23 1981

At first sight, Peter Sutcliffe is a baffling mystery. He is a sex killer who does not have sex with his victims; the product of a normal, stable home, who behaves in a grossly abnormal, unstable way; a popular, sociable man who seethes with hatred and violence.
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Home Office ignores calls for public inquiry into Ripper police

The Guardian, May 25 1981

The Home Office said yesterday that there were no plans for a public inquiry into the West Yorkshire police force's handling of the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, despite appeals from MPs and the families of victims.

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