New Yorkshire Ripper questioning takes potential ‘victim total’ to 37

The victims – all of whom survived – are said to have sustained injuries similar to those inflicted by ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Sutcliffe on the 20 women known to have been targeted.

Apr 4, 2017
Face of a killer: Peter Sutcliffe

The victims – all of whom survived – are said to have sustained injuries similar to those inflicted by ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Sutcliffe on the 20 women known to have been targeted.

The Bradford lorry driver was jailed in 1981 for 13 murders and seven attempted murders during a six-year period in which West Yorkshire’s female population was terrorised.

Most of the latest alleged victims have been linked with Sutcliffe repeatedly since his arrest, but the 70-year-old murderer, who now uses the name Peter Coonan, has always denied responsibility.

The new round of questioning was said to have been conducted at Frankland Prison in Durham, to where Sutcliffe was moved last summer after a ruling that he no longer needed to be housed in a secure hospital.

The cases, according to The Sun included that of Tracy Browne who, at 14, was hit with a hammer in Silsden, near Keighley, in August 1975, two months before Sutcliffe claimed his first murder victim, 28-year-old Wilma McCann, in Leeds.

Police are also said to be investigating the cases of Gloria Wood, in Bradford, a year earlier, and Yvonne Mysliwiec, who was a local newspaper reporter in Ilkley when she was attacked in a similar manner.

Gloria, 28 at the time, gave a description of her attacker – who struck after he had offered to carry her bags – which bears a resemblance to the Ripper.

Other unsolved attacks from the period include those of shop assistant Rosemary Stead, 18, Bradford resident Maureen Hogan, both in 1976, and student Ann Rooney, 22, on the outskirts of Leeds, in 1979.

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