The Yorkshire Ripper
Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper was born on the 2nd June 1946 in Bingley, West Yorkshire to a working class catholic family.
In his youth he was often described “as a loner” and left school at the age of 15.
Sutcliffe had various jobs from a grave digger, to packaging at Baird Television LTD, a salesman, Driver at a Tyre firm and HGV driver for T & H.W Clark.
He married wife Sonia in August 1974 and they moved to their home in Heaton, Bradford on the 26th September 1977.
Sutcliffe was convicted with murdering 13 victims. The first known one was Wilma McCann on the 30th October 1975 and the last one Jacqueline Hall on the 17th November 1980.
The murder that we want to focus on is the 19 year old Halifax girl Josephine Whitaker.
She was the tenth victim of the Yorkshire Ripper.
It was late evening on the 4th April 1979 when Josephine was walking home from her grandparents’ house. She insisted on walking home alone and left around 11;40pm taking a route that would take her across Savile Park to the suburb of Bell Hall to Ivy Street where she lived with her mother, step father and brother.
That night Sutcliffe had been drinking with his friend and after closing time instead of going home he drove around for his next victim.
He ended up driving around Savile Park when he spotted Josephine Whitaker walking towards the playing field. After having a brief conversation with her with a few witnesses passing by, Sutcliffe got out his hammer 30-40 yards from the road and hit Josephine Whitaker on the back of her head and she fell to the ground. He then dragged her another 30 yards into the darkness.
After hitting the young lady again, Sutcliffe then stabbed his victim twenty one times with a screwdriver in the stomach and chest and six times in the right leg.
The victim lay undiscovered until 6;30am the following morning. It was soon clear that after laying “dormant” for 322 days the Yorkshire Ripper had returned.
Sutcliffe was eventually arrested on the 2nd January 1981 and brought to justice. He is now serving the rest of his life in Broadmoor Hospital.