Notorious UK serial killer the Yorkshire Ripper dies with coronavirus

British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe has died in hospital aged 74 after contracting Covid-19, the UK Ministry of Justice said Friday.

Nicknamed the “Yorkshire Ripper” by the UK press, Sutcliffe was convicted in 1981 for murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others during a reign of terror in northern England between 1975 and 1980. He was serving a whole life term.

He confessed to police in 1981 but then decided to contest the charges in court. During his trial at the Old Bailey in London, he claimed he was on a mission from God to kill prostitutes.

He carried out his first killing in October 1975, less than a year after he was married. The victim was 28-year-old Wilma McCann, a mother-of-four and sex worker. She was battered with a hammer and repeatedly stabbed. Watch the video below about Sutcliffe.