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I lived in Leeds when he was active. No-one went anywhere alone at night. The community where I lived made rotas to ensure women were met from buses and escorted home. I was in a job where I used to finish at 4am and I used to follow my female colleagues in their cars on my motorbike and wouldn’t leave till they came to the window with their thumbs up. 
 

It was the weirdest of times. One night at Christmas after a works do, I left slightly the worse for wear and foolishly decided to walk, alone, up Harehill’s Lane, to my home. It was ridiculous thing to do but because it was ‘my patch’ and because I was full of gin, I had a false sense of security. I remember waiting at the bottom of the lane by the traffic lights and a massive lorry pulled up and the male driver (with a beard) stuck his head out and shouted, “Good night love?”  This was of course before we knew he was a lorry driver. He spooked the hell out of me and I ran back to the hotel and got myself a cab to take me home. Was it him? I’ll never know but I do know that when he was caught and his picture was circulated and his occupation was disclosed I had a feeling that I’d had a brush with something that night and it’s stayed with me for years and years  

The night he was caught was a night of huge celebration. We had all been living under the fear of him for years. There were parties in the streets and people talked about it for weeks and months after. After the curfews we’d been living under it felt as though a huge threat had been lifted  

Aye, strange times and now he’s dead.

Probably for the best  

 

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The sense of fear he distributed across the North was palpable even here on IoM. It's probably safe to say that he changed society in many ways, especially in terms of females' attitude to their safety. It was unfortunate too that he took so long to be apprehended.

Hopefully he's got a nice hot corner in Hell.

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My story involving Jack was when I was 11. I was in the children's hospital in Sheffield and when you are 11 and in hospital you aren't really interested in the news or anything else for that matter, but I do remember when a nurse came in to the ward saying the police had arrested the Ripper about 300 yards from the Hospital with a hammer in his car.

For a murderer to bring fear to women across a large area of the North of England shows the evil he wrought. I can still remember to this day the relief the nurses expressed that night.

Bury his black heart in the confines of Durham gaol and be glad it is being eaten by worms. 

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41 minutes ago, ThreeRaccoonsInATrenchCoat said:

Why do you think there was such an odd surge in serial killers back at the time and why do you think it ended? 

Did it end? Has it ended? What of Stephen Port, the gay serial killer. Steve Wright, the Suffolk strangler or Donald Neilson to name but three? Some theorists suggest that there is possibly more than half a dozen serial killers on the loose in Britain at the present time. Harold Shipman too. Psychopaths often escape justice because of their cunning, forensic awareness and plausibility under interview, Sutcliffe being a prime example, interviewed 9 times before falling foul of a copper's instinct.

What do you think? 

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25 minutes ago, quilp said:

Did it end? Has it ended? What of Stephen Port, the gay serial killer. Steve Wright, the Suffolk strangler or Donald Neilson to name but three? Some theorists suggest that there is possibly more than half a dozen serial killers on the loose in Britain at the present time. Harold Shipman too. Psychopaths often escape justice because of their cunning, forensic awareness and plausibility under interview, Sutcliffe being a prime example, interviewed 9 times before falling foul of a copper's instinct.

What do you think? 

And of course there’s a nurse recently charged for multiple baby deaths in Chester, then the Dr in Gosport with elderly patients and end of life care.

Plus the Wests, Stephen Akinmurele ( Manx connection ), Levi Bellfield, Steven Grievson, Allan Grimson, Colin Morris. Dozens more over last 50 years.

 

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Beverly Allitt, Colin Ireland, Levi Bellfield, Robert Black, all post-Sutcliffe.

An "odd surge" seems illogical. Pre-Sutcliffe serial killers were just as active and in the days before DNA, databases and forensic advances many more escaped justice. 

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20 minutes ago, John Wright said:

And of course there’s a nurse recently charged for multiple baby deaths in Chester, then the Dr in Gosport with elderly patients and end of life care.

Plus the Wests, Stephen Akinmurele ( Manx connection ), Levi Bellfield, Steven Grievson, Allan Grimson, Colin Morris. Dozens more over last 50 years.

 

Yeah... but apart from that...

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