‘The Yorkshire ripper ’Netflix docuseries    

‘How Netflix lifts the veil to what actually happened.’  

 The first time the public heard of a potential killer was 1975 on the 31st of October when Wilma McCann was found murdered.  

When the murders started the killer was dubbed ‘the Yorkshire Ripper by the media. Soon the name of ‘the Yorkshire Ripper’ was everywhere causing a frenzy to catch this killer.  

The media at this time was mainly made up of men covering the big and serious stories. Which if you now look at it, it’s a bit strange as the attacks involved women and things, they experience are unfortunately quite similar to these stories so a woman’s opinion on the stories might have helped add a more realistic aspect.   

Netflix interviews the victims and the families of the victims in which they tell their stories and how it impacted their lives, they also talk about the fear and anger of how long it took to catch the killer. The policemen that worked the case were also interviewed to get their stories on how the killer was a ‘stranger’ killer, meaning the victims did not personally know the killer because of this they hardly had any leads.  

The media and public had gone on to name the killer ‘the Yorkshire Ripper’ after the infamous Jack the Ripper.  

The investigation was slow as there wasn’t much evidence or leads when suddenly the head of the investigation received the infamous letters and tapes from a person claiming to be the killer. With this information, the police narrowed down by the location of where the letters and tapes came from and that the ‘killer’ had a Geordie accent.   

The Northumbria police chief was tasked with finding this man, but he hadn’t had the complete letters and tape, so he asked the west Yorkshire police if he could get the complete letters. When they got them, the chief had a sneaking feeling that they were fake, he went to the library and research information on the original ripper case, what he found was that the letters were almost identical to the original Jack the ripper’s letters and basically that a copycat of sorts who had a morbid fascination with the Ripper, made the tape and wrote the letters claiming he was the ‘the Yorkshire Ripper’ which practically derailed the whole investigation as to when the West Yorkshire police chief was presented with this information it was completely disregarded.   

The actual killer was not caught because of good policemen work but rather dumb luck, and unsurprising he didn’t have a Geordie accent and was previously interviewed nine times and even had an uncanny likeness to the sketch that a victim had to give to the police after being attacked by the killer, but the West Yorkshire police chief would not hear of it and had even treated one of his one officers who brought it to his attention saying he’ll make him work traffic for the rest of his career if he mentioned it again. He derailed the investigation because he was a dictator and wouldn’t consider other views.  

Peter William Sutcliffe was finally arrested on the 2nd January 1981 after thirteen kills and seven attempted murders spanning from 1969 to 1980. Sutcliffe died this year on the 13th of November at the age of 74.  

This article is dedicated to the victims:   

Wilma McCann (Leeds 1975)  

 Emily Jackson (Leeds 1976)  

Irene Richardson (Leeds 1977)  

 Patricia “Tina” Atkinson (Bradford 1977)  

 Jayne MacDonald (Leeds 1977)  

 Jean Jordan (Manchester 1977)  

 Yvonne Pearson (Bradford 1978)   

Helen Rytka (Huddersfield 1978)  

 Vera Millward (Manchester 1978)  

 Josephine Whitaker (Halifax 1979)  

 Barbara Leach (Bradford 1979)   

Marguerite Walls (Leeds 1980)  

 Jacqueline Hill (Leeds 1980)   

An woman of unknown name (Bradford 1969)  

 Anna Rogulskyj (Keighley 1975)  

Olive Smelt (Halifax 1975)  

 Tracy Browne (Silsden 1975)  

Marcella Claxton (Leeds 1976) who was four months pregnant when she was attacked and lost the baby she was carrying.  

Marilyn Moore (Leeds 1977)  

 Upadhya Bandara (Leeds 1980)   

Maureen (or Mo) Lea (Bradford 1980)   

 Theresa Sykes (Huddersfield 1980)  

Who all deserved more and should’ve had more.

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