On this day 1/5/81
"Yorkshire Ripper" charged with murder
On This day in 1981 Peter Sutcliffe was charged with the murders of 13 women in the county of Yorkshire, Northern England. Sutcliffe was identified as the Yorkshire Ripper, a serial killer believed to be responsible for at least 13 murders and seven maimings over a period of six to ten years. The Ripper preyed mostly on prostitutes and was the subject of many televised pleas by police for information, resulting in so many leads that authorities were overwhelmed to a degree that made the case virtually unsolvable.
The Yorkshire Ripper case is one of the inspirations behind Red Riding, an excellent trilogy of feature-length television episodes that first aired in March of 2009. Red Riding captures the bleakness of Northern England in the 70's and 80's while weaving together a dark and complex story that is not easy to forget. You may be compelled to watch the series many times, each viewing transporting you to a particular time and place in Britain.
Red Riding is available on Netflix Watch Instantly.
Peter Sutcliffe will never be released from prison.