The Yorkshire Ripper, who started his 39-year stretch inside at HMP Parkhurst here on the Isle of Wight, has died aged 74.
Peter Sutcliffe was incarcerated in 1981 after killing at least 13 women across the North. Although he spent many years at Broadmoor Hospital under the Mental Health Act, Sutcliffe started his prison sentence at Parkhurst on 22nd May 1981 where he spent 3 years behind the bars of the-then Cat A prison.
It is prisoners such as the Yorkshire Ripper and The Krays which gave Parkhurst its notoriety. Nowadays, Parkhurst is part of HMP Isle of Wight – a Cat B prison and mainly houses sex offenders.
It’s at Parkhurst that Sutcliffe was first attacked. In January 1983 he was wounded by another inmate who used a broken coffee jar as a weapon, leading to the Ripper requiring 30 stitches to his face. Just over a year after the attack, Peter was transferred out of Parkhurst and straight to Broadmoor for treatment for paranoid schizophernia. He was attacked again in 1996, 1997 and 2007.
Sutcliffe died in hospital during the early hours of this morning (Friday) after refusing treatment for COVID-19. He had been of ill-health in recent months and was serving his whole-life sentence at HMP Frankland after being transferred out of Broadmoor in 2016.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice has said:
“HMP Frankland prisoner Peter Coonan (born Sutcliffe) died in hospital on 13 November. The prisons and probation ombudsman has been informed.”