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Dirk C. Gibson
Better known in the U.K. as the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe murdered
prostitutes throughout England during the 1970s and 1980s. Vicious mutilations
accompanied the killings. The murder weapons were simple tools like hammers,
screwdrivers and a kitchen knife. This chapter described Sutcliffe in some detail, and
examines the possibility of other crimes. The serial murders are described with respect
to the MO, victimology, victims, number of victims, time frame and motive. Serial
killer communication, both authentic and fraudulent, was a significant factor in this
case. The investigation, trial and sentencing were discussed.
Apex Driving School, Bingley Cemetery, Bullying, Central Works,
Checkbook journalism, Cottingham Manor Secondary School, Hammer, Kitchen
Knife, Leeds, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Standard Hotel, St. Joseph’s
R.C. School, Screwdriver, Shipley & Bingley Maternity Hospital, Soldiers’s Field
at Roundhay Park, Southern Cemetery, Steeton Driving School, Peter Sutcliffe,
Tabloid journalism, Yorkshire Ripper.
The University of New Mexico USA.