Yorkshire Ripper’s harrowing final moments as evil killer ‘haunted by victims’

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"Hypochondriac" Peter Sutcliffe's final days were spent in suffering, reports have claimed.

Also known as the Yorkshire Ripper, evil Sutcliffe murdered at least 13 women and tried to kill a further seven between 1975 and 1980, and has been linked to many more unsolved murders and attacks.

Sutcliffe was finally caught and convicted of his evil crimes in 1981 and was sentenced to 20 concurrent life sentences, later changed to a whole life order in 2010.

When he was eventually arrested, Sutcliffe told cops he was "a beast" driven on "by a devil" inside him.

He was moved from Broadmoor to Frankland and lost his fight to remain in Broadmoor secure hospital in August 2016.

The sick serial killer was sent to the facility in Berkshire in 1984 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. But a health tribunal ruled that he no longer needs treatment for the mental disorder.

Sutcliffe died in hospital of Covid-19 after reportedly refusing treatment for the virus.

He was serving a whole life term at maximum-security HMP Frankland and also suffered from pneumonia, diabetes, and heart disease.

The frail serial killer's lungs collapsed at 1.10am on November 13 last year to become the coronavirus pandemic's latest victim.

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Following the death, a source told The Sun of his final moments: "No tears were shed.

"His death was as pitiful as the vile life he had lived."

According to reports in The Mirror, the 74-year-old spoke briefly while gasping for air as he was taken to hospital.

As he was taken to hospital he said: "I'm not going to make it, I won't be returning, I'm sorry, I'm ready to go."

Sources at Frankland Prison in Co Durham where he was being held said that the only indication of the impact his own crimes had on him was terrifying nightmares that he suffered in his final months.

One said: "He was always complaining that he was unwell and was regarded as a hypochondriac but with Covid-19 he was monitored more closely.

"He never really spoke about the murders or his past life, I'd go so far as saying that he was in denial."

They added: "He was obsessed with his own death and worried about what people might say about him after he had died."

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Sutcliffe's health deteriorated over recent months and he wrote a will leaving behind his meagre belongings, including his sunglasses, pens, a baseball cap, hats, and slippers.

His cell was also stacked with piles of letters from ghoulish pen-pals, including women that became obsessed with him despite his chilling past.

The source added: "A lot of us who knew him believe he enjoyed the notoriety, he certainly was demanding enough to think that he should get special treatment.

"He also suffered from nightmares which seems to get worse as his health deteriorated.

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"During October he became more convinced he was going to get Covid and die. It was almost an obsession.

"He was an old man with a lot of medical problems. He moaned a lot, especially during the pandemic."

With his health already declining in July 2019, one prison source told the Daily Star Sutcliffe was struggling to sleep at night, and whenever he did manage to catch 40 winks he would have nightmares and was being haunted by his victims' faces.

They said: "Sutcliffe’s life expectancy is now relatively short. He could be dead in a matter of weeks. He is in the final stages of his life and his own death is now something he is preoccupied with.

"He has reached that stage where every time he gets ill he never fully recovers and so is on a steady decline. His other health conditions are also adding to his increasing deterioration."

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