Unearthed tapes of conversations with the Yorkshire Ripper have offered an insight into the killer’s grisly crimes.
Peter Sutcliffe, known as the the Yorkshire Ripper, murdered at least 13 women during the 1970s.
He was eventually arrested in 1981, and died in November last year aged 74 after contracting coronavirus while serving a life sentence in jail.
Now, a Channel 5 documentary ‘The Ripper Speaks: The Lost Tapes’ has revealed conversations Sutcliffe had with a woman who built his trust while in prison.
Showing tonight (February 8) at 10pm, one eerie tape sees Sutcliffe asked by the source about allegations that he had enjoyed having sexual contact with his victims’ bodies.
“Necrophilia, that’s making love to dead people or something, you know,” he replied.
Then, when told that newspaper reports suggested that he had masturbated over corpses, the killer was outraged.
“What a load of rubbish,” he responded. “I wouldn't even dream of it, you know. What’s the point? These people are really sick.”
This denial clashes with official police reports, which found semen on the underwear of the Ripper’s first murder victim Wilma McCann who was killed in 1975.
But, in other conversations, Sutcliffe was more content to collaborate with official reports, providing an insight on what had taken place.
In one instance, the Yorkshireman revealed why he hadn’t killed Tracey Browne, a 14-year-old he had attacked in 1975.
The Ripper was only intent on harming sex workers, and he explained that Tracey looked far older than she was.
“I hit her with a branch or something, and I threw her over the wall, and I climbed over the wall and I was thinking of bumping her off, and this voice said ‘stop, stop, it’s a mistake’,” he suggested.
“I said, ‘oh, I’m sorry, I’m going now, I’m not coming back, you’ll be OK.”
Sutcliffe then described how he saw a car take her to safety while he retreated.
The Ripper was finally arrested in 1981 after an enormous manhunt, and the uncovered tapes even revealed that he had been about to carry out another deadly crime.
The killer was identified with a 24-year-old prostitute Olivia Reivers in a car with false number plates when the police pulled up.
And, asked whether he had plans to harm Olivia, Sutcliffe admitted: “Of course I was, that was the whole point. Didn’t pick them up for any other reason.”
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