The Ripper Speaks: The Lost Tapes: Peter Sutcliffe Heard Confessing To His Crimes In New Documentary
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Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe can be heard admitting to a spree of crimes in a new true crime documentary.
The so-called Yorkshire Ripper, who murdered 13 women over a period of six years, claims to have been involved in a number of unsolved crimes in the chilling footage.
Sutcliffe – who died aged 74 from a combination of covid and heart disease in November 2020 – admits admitted that on the night of his arrest in 1981 he was on a mission to kill Olivia Reivers, the sex worker he was with.
In Channel 5’s The Ripper Speaks: The Lost Tapes, when asked if he was going to attack Olivia he is heard saying: “Of course I was. That was the whole point. I don’t pick them up for any other reason.”
The programme, presented by investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, aired on Tuesday night and set out to dispel Sutcliffe's claims that he was mentally ill and suffered from schizophrenia.
In another confession while talking to the documentary’s informant Brenda, he admits to an attack on 14-year-old Tracy Brown in August 1975. This took place two months prior to the murder of 28-year-old Wilma McCann.
He said: “I saw this Tracy Browne; she didn’t look 15, she looked 19 or 20. She was all dressed up. She was walking slowly up this lane. I thought she’s probably one of those prostitutes because I had it in my head that Silsden must be full of prostitutes.
“I hit her with a branch or something, threw her over a wall and I climbed over the wall and was thinking of bumping her off.”
He claimed she was not “seriously hurt” because he stopped the attack due to a voice in his head telling him to stop. He claims he said: “I’m sorry, you’ll be alright, I’ll be off now.”
Tracey did survive the attack but suffered a fractured skull and needed life-saving brain surgery.
He was asked about one more unsolved attack by the informant: “Did you attack that Marcella Claxton?” in which he responded instantly, “yeah, yeah"
Sutcliffe has never publicly admitted to these attacks before but it’s safe to say he was responsible for the attempted murder of both Tracey Brown and Marcella Claxton.
In another shocking recording, Brenda talks to Sutcliffe about his fifth victim – 16-year-old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald, who was killed after a night out in Leeds.
When asked if he had any regrets over this attack he responds: "Yes I did, yeah. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time, sadly you know.
“I didn’t believe that she wasn’t a prostitute.”
Shockingly, he adds: “What was she doing out at 1.30am in a prostitute area; I didn’t know how old she was, I had no idea you know.
“I did feel it later on when I convinced myself she wasn’t a prostitute you know.”
Sutcliffe suffered from diabetes, heart problems, being overweight and bladder problems in his last few year. He died at the University Hospital of North Durham alone on Friday, November 13 2020, after contracting Covid-19.