If you’re a fan of true crime, then you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for a brand new series based on the horrendous crimes of one of the most notorious serial killers of all time – the Yorkshire Ripper.
Following the success of series like The Ted Bundy Tapes and Making A Murderer, Netflix will release a series on the killer, real name Peter Sutcliffe, who’s thought to be responsible for killing upwards of 13 women.
The series will explore his heinous acts through the eyes of his victim’s families and surviving victims to uncover the extent of his crimes.
A source told the Mirror:
This will be a huge programme for Netflix and is likely to follow the same format as the Madeleine programme.
It will focus on victims and the terrible impact of his attacks. It will also examine the dreadful police blunders around the case. Crucially, it will try to throw up fresh clues about crimes Sutcliffe has never been convicted of.
A relative of one victim told the publication:
They are speaking to a lot of people and going back over everything, treating it very seriously and also like a new investigation into him.
A former lorry driver, Sutcliffe is currently serving time in Frankland high security prison in Durham, after being convicted of 13 murders and 7 attempted murders – however, reports say the series will delve into other crimes that are thought to have been committed by him.
Sutcliffe was arrested in 1981 and is serving 20 concurrent life sentences, meaning he will never walk free form jail.
The cold blooded killer attacked his victims, most of who were prostitutes, before beating them to death and mutilating their bodies, between the year of 1975 and 1981.
Sutcliffe was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after being handed his life sentence, but was later moved from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to Frankland, when a 2017 ruling deemed he was sane enough to serve his time in a regular prison.
He is now 72 and was registered as blind, however he is believed to have undergone laser eye surgery in a bid to save his sight at Sunderland Eye Infirmary two years ago, the Sunderland Echo reports.
In 2017, he admitted to attacking 14 year old Tracy Browne because he wrongly thought she was a prostitute. He hit her with a branch before throwing her over a wall.
Despite suffering two fractures to her skull, Tracy managed to get to a farmworker’s caravan, who raised the alarm.
There’s currently no details on when the series will be released, but if Netflix’s other true crime series are anything to go by, it’ll be hugely popular.
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Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the LADbible Group team in 2017.