Last year we announced that Netflix was working on a documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, after national newspaper The Mirror reported that relatives of the victims were being interviewed by producers. We now know that the limited series “The Ripper” will arrive on Netflix on December 16th.
Sutcliffe’s victims: Left to right, top row: Jean Jordan, Vera Millward, Helen Rytka, Yvonne Pearson and Emily Jackson. Second row with Sutcliffe in red: Josephine Whitaker, Irene Richardson and Marguerite Walls. Third row: Barbara Leach, Patricia Atkinson, Jayne McDonald, Wilma McCann and Jacqueline Hill
Sutcliffe, an ex-lorry driver used hammers, knives and screwdrivers to murder 13 women and attempted to kill seven more between 1975 to 1980. He had been behind bars since his trial in 1981 and an appeal in 2010 resulted in a confirmation that he would stay behind bars until his death. He died last week, 13th November 2020.
In the limited series we will hear from investigators, journalists, survivors and the victims’ families on their stories, and how the prejudices and misogyny of the time played a part in these women being so tragically let down.
Image of Sutcliffe’s victims from The Times