He became one of the world’s most renowned and despised serial killers following his horrific killing spree in the 1970s, but now the Yorkshire Ripper is reportedly in hospital battling major health concerns.
Peter Sutcliffe, 72, has been serving 20 life sentences in HMP Frankland in the UK’s Durham City for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more between 1975 and 1981.
Now, according to the Yorkshire Post and multiple UK news outlets, he has been taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital close by, with patients claiming to have seen him surrounded by guards on one of the wards.
The former lorry driver is said to have been suffering with ill health in recent years, and it was even recently claimed by UK news outlets that he is completely blind due to damage to his eyesight caused by diabetes.
He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia following his sentencing but was moved to Frankland Prison from a psychiatric hospital last year after it was ruled he was sane enough to be transferred.
Sutcliffe, who uses the name Peter Coonan, murdered the 13 women in a gruesome killing spree using knives, hammers and screwdrivers, with most of his victims working as prostitutes at the time. He was eventually arrested in 1981.
When interviewed by authorities, he claimed the ‘voice of God’ had sent him on a mission to kill prostitutes. West Yorkshire Police later came under fire when it was revealed they had interviewed him nine times during the murder hunt.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman told Mirror Online: “We do not comment on individual cases.”