Serial killer's eerie letters before dying of coronavirus

Yahoo News Staff
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A serial killer noted how terrified he was to contract coronavirus in his final letter to his pen pal before being killed by the disease.

Peter Sutcliffe, 74, was serving a life sentence in HM Prison Frankland in County Durham, England for murdering 13 women in the 1970s. He had been dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper by the media for his horrific crimes.

In several letters to his long-time pen pal, Sutcliffe detailed his fear of contracting Covid-19 and said he was glad to be locked up, away from the deadly virus that had killed thousands across the UK, according to The Sun.

The prison where Peter Sutcliffe was serving a life sentence. HM Prison Frankland.
Peter Sutcliffe was serving a life sentence at HM Prison Frankland (pictured) after killing 13 women in the 1970s. Source: Getty Images

“The world is stuck with this Covid-19. Makes me feel much safer being in here with all that’s going on in the world,” a letter on June 14 obtained by The Sun read.

Sutcliffe, a former grave digger, wrote in May that he wouldn’t “be bothering” with visitors and would rather wait “until they’ve discovered an effective vaccine”.

He explained visitors had to wear face masks and stay two metres from inmates. They would be forced into 14 days of isolation and be banned from visitors for three months if they had close contact with them.

In a letter in August Sutcliffe wrote that he had tested negative for the virus, despite being classified as high-risk due to his age and being overweight.

Peter Sutcliffe pictured in an early photo.
An early photo of Peter Sutcliffe who was dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper. Source: Getty Images

“We’ve had our Covid-19 test done and both of us are Covid free,” he said of himself and his inmate friend.

On November 6 however, he was moved into isolation after contracting the virus, and was later rushed to the University Hospital of North Durham and placed into intensive care.

He reportedly refused treatment and on Friday (local time) he died.

Sutcliffe was jailed in 1981 for killing more than a dozen women and attempting to murder seven others.

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