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Yorkshire Ripper will die in Prison.


12:37pm 14th January 2011
(Updated 12:45pm 14th January 2011)

A judge tells the Yorkshire Ripper he will die in jail.

Peter Sutcliffe murdered 13 women in the 1970s and 1980s and attacked 7 others.

The former lorry driver wanted to challenge his life sentence.

Now he has been told he cannot.

1975 - It was in the summer of this year that Peter Sutcliffe began attacking women. 2 in Keighley and 1 in Halifax were attacked but all 3 survived. Police did not link the attacks.

1975 - October 30th - Sutcliffe commits his first murder: 28 year old sex worker Wilma McCann dies in the Chapeltown district of Leeds.

1976 - January 20th - 42 year old Emily Jackson from Leeds is battered to death with a hammer and stabbed with a screwdriver.

1977 - February 5th - 28 year old Leeds' sex worker Irene Richardson is murdered.

1977 - April 23rd - Sutcliffe commits his first murder in his home town of Bradford. 32 year old sex worker Patricia Atkinson is killed at her flat.

1977 - June 26th - 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald was killed, the first women to die who wasn't a sex worker. This brought the case to the attention of the national press and the UK realised a serial killer was on the loose. The press dubs the killer 'The Yorkshire Ripper'. West Yorkshire's Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield is assigned to investigate the murders.

1977 - October 1st - Sutcliffe moves to Greater Manchester and murders 20 year old Jean Jordan, dumping her body on an allotment. Police find her bag in nearby shrubs and trace a serial number off the back of a £5 note to the payroll of Yorkshire hauliers T and W H Clark. Worker Peter Sutcliffe is interviewed but has an alibi and tells police he was at a party.

1978 - January 21st to May 16th - Sutcliffe murders 3 more sex workers. 21 year old Yvonne Pearson from Bradford, 18 year old Helen Rytka from Huddersfield, and 40 year old Vera Millward from Manchester are killed.

1979 - April 4th - Sutcliffe murders 19 year old bank clerk Josephine Whitaker in Bradford.

1979 - June - Police receive a tape from a man calling himself Jack the Ripper. He's already sent a string of letters from Sunderland which Assistant Chief Constable Oldfield mistakenly decides are the work of the Ripper. This man becomes known as 'Wearside Jack' and voice experts trace him to the Castletown district of Sunderland. Detectives are told they can discount suspects who do not have a Wearside accent.

July 1979: Sutcliffe is interviewed for the fifth time but a report is filed because his voice and handwriting do not fit the letters and tape.

1979 - September 2nd - 20 year old Barbara Leech is murdered in Bradford.

1980 - August 20th - 47 year old Marguerite Walls is murdered.

1980 - November 17th - 20 year old Leeds' student Jacqueline Hill is murdered.

1980 - 16 year old Theresa Sykes is attacked and left with permanent brain damage.

1980 - late November - A new investigating officer downgrades the importance of the 'Wearside Jack' tapes and letters.

1981 - January - Peter Sutcliffe is arrested after a routine police check on his car found it had false number plates and officers were suspicious about his explanation. A few days later the lorry driver admitted being the Ripper.

1981 - March 22nd - Sutcliffe receives 20 life sentences for murdering 13 women and attempting to murder 7 others in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. The judge recommends a minimum of 30 years.

1984 - Sutcliffe is transferred to Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

2005 - Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer 'Wearside Jack' is identified as alcoholic John Humble.

2006 - March 21st - Former builder John Humble is sentenced to 8 years in prison after admitting to being the hoaxer.

2006 - June 1st - a report reveals Sutcliffe probably committed more crimes than the murders and attempted murders he was convicted for.

2009 - High Court issues Peter Sutcliffe with a 'whole life' tariff.

2010 - Sutcliffe launches an appeal and his defence team argues that his condition deserves a 'minimum' jail term for a finite number of years.

2011 - January 14th - a judge rules Peter Sutcliffe will never be able to challenge the 'whole life' tariff and will die in jail.

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