Peter Sutcliffe, a killer who became known as the “Yorkshire Ripper” after killing 13 women in the north of England decades ago, died in hospital.
The 74-year-old man had tested positive for the coronavirus but had refused treatment, the prison service said.
Sutcliffe, a former undertaker, was sentenced to life in prison in 1981 after killing 13 women over a five-year period.
He had tried to kill seven other people and was also found to be behind various other crimes.
The shock at the brutality of his attacks was followed by outrage from the police at their inability to arrest him earlier and prevent further deaths.
The serial killer spent about 30 years in a safe hospital in south-east England after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia (a disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel and behave clearly).
He was transferred to a high security prison in 2016.
He had also suffered from a heart condition, diabetes, and obesity (dpa / NAN).
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