Peter Sutcliffe: The Yorkshire Ripper
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How many people did the Yorkshire Ripper kill?

Answer: 13

Other information: He was convicted of 13 murders and 7 attacks in which his intended victims survived. However, his first arrest came in 1969 - when he was found with a hammer in a red light district. At the time he was only charged with 'going equipped for theft'. Many people find it unlikely that Sutcliffe waited 6 years to commit his first attributed murder in 1975 and his name has been linked with many other unsolved crimes across the country throughout the 1970s.

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Is the Yorkshire Ripper still alive?

Answer: Yes

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Where is the Yorkshire Ripper now?

Answer: Broadmoor secure hospital

Other information: Although he was found to be sane at his original trial in 1981, psychiatrists differed as to his mental health. Following an incident in 1989 when he was attacked in Parkhurst prison, he was rediagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and moved to Broadmoor, where he remains to this day.

Further Reading: Broadmoor Hospital

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Was the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer caught?

Answer: Yes. John Humble was convicted of sending the infamous 'Yorkshire Ripper' tapes and letters in 2006.

Other information: After spending 7 years in prison, Humble was released on license in 2013.

Further Reading: John Humble: 'Wearside Jack'

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Where was Peter Sutcliffe from?

Answer: Bingley

Other information: Peter Sutcliffe was born in Bingley on 2nd June 1946. For most of the time he was active as a serial killer, he was living in Heaton.

Further Reading: 6 Garden Lane, Heaton

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Can I write to Peter Sutcliffe

Answer: Yes - you can write letters to him at the following address:
Peter Coonan 7589
Broadmore Hospital
Crowthorne, Berkshire
R611-7E6
United Kingdom

Other information: Although the world knows him as Peter Sutcliffe, he took his mother's maiden name of Coonan soon after his conviction.

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Is Peter Sutcliffe mad or insane?

Answer: The answer is unclear and depends to whom you listen. A jury at his initial trial in 1980 ruled that he was in fact mentally competent - overriding the opinion of psychiatrists who judged him to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. In 1984 they got their way and he was moved to Broadmoor Hospital for treatment. In the time since, many facts have come to light about his case to suggest that he was, in fact, fully compos mentis during his murder spree. The issue remains highly contentious both in the medical and judicial spheres.

Other information: In 2015, those charged with his treatment at Broadmoor declared him to be cured of his paranoid schizophrenia - making him eligible for rejoin the normal prison system.

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