13 differences between Jack the Ripper and the Yorkshire Ripper

Police leading murderer Peter Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper, into Dewsbury Court under a blanket. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Police leading murderer Peter Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper, into Dewsbury Court under a blanket. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) /
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British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, a.k.a. ‘The Yorkshire Ripper,’ in police custody, 1983. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, a.k.a. ‘The Yorkshire Ripper,’ in police custody, 1983. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images) /

2. The Yorkshire Ripper isn’t as well known

Even though Peter Sutcliffe claimed more lives than his predecessor, he’s not well known. Outside of Britain or true crime circles, that is.

Although, Netflix’s documentary is certainly renewing interest in him, his crimes, and the failed police procedures which resulted in delaying his ultimate capture.

Although, he did make international headlines again in November 2020 when he died of COVID-19 at the age of 74.

1. The Yorkshire Ripper was caught

Jack the Ripper’s murders remain unsolved and his identity remains a mystery because he was never caught.

Peter Sutcliffe, however, was arrested on January 2, 1981. Robert Hydes and his partner Sergeant Ring were on beat patrol in an area known for prostitution. They saw a parked car with a man and woman in it. That’s how they discovered the tags didn’t match the registration. As Sergeant Ring said, “It was just straightforward coppering,” that allowed the officers to unknowingly assist the Ripper Squad and capture the man who had caused so many so much grief.

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