Dozens of inmates and staff at Yorkshire Ripper's prison 'ill with coronavirus'

DOZENS of inmates and staff at the Yorkshire Ripper’s prison are thought to have fallen ill with Covid-19.

Peter Sutcliffe tested positive at HMP Frankland in Co Durham after returning from five nights in a nearby hospital.

He was isolated and returned to hospital days before he died.

A source said: "Frankland is ravaged with Covid. It's being taken extremely seriously.

“People are worried there.”

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “Our priority is to limit the spread of the virus and to protect the lives of those who live and work in our prisons.

Frankland is ravaged with Covid. It's being taken extremely seriously.

“We have taken precautionary measures at HMP Frankland following a number of positive cases, in line with public health guidance, and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The Sun revealed on November 7 how Sutcliffe had tested positive for coronavirus in prison. He was put in isolation and monitored closely. 

But the Ripper's catalogue of health problems – and his own paranoia – meant he always feared the worst. 


Sutcliffe had already spent five nights on a cardiac ward with suspected heart issues earlier this month before being discharged.

He had told prison pals he was convinced he would ultimately be killed by Covid – terrified his age, obesity, diabetes put him in the highest risk category.

And just two days after his positive test result, jail medics at top security HMP Frankland, in Co Durham, became alarmed at how quickly he was going downhill. 

He was taken to University Hospital of North Durham, but stunned doctors by telling them he would not allow them to treat him medically. 

The devout Jehovah's Witness instead insisted he did not want to prolong his life "artificially" and that his time was drawing to an end. 

And by 6pm last Thursday, as Sutcliffe's evil life ebbed slowly away, an undertaker was placed on standby.


Sutcliffe was serving a whole-life term for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and the North West between 1975 and 1980.

He was jailed in 1981 and spent several years at Broadmoor Hospital where he was treated for paranoid schizophrenia before being transferred to HMP Frankland in 2016.

Sutcliffe's five-year reign of terror in the north of England led to one of the biggest police manhunts of the 20th century.

Confessing to cops after his eventual arrest, the fiend notoriously claimed he was "a beast" driven on "by a devil" inside him.

But a source said of his final moments: "No tears were shed.

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

No tears were shed. His death was as pitiful as the vile life he had lived

His death was welcomed by the son of one his victims, who praised the disease for snatching the life of the monster.

He told The Sun: "Good riddance. Who’d have thought that coronavirus could produce at least one happy ending?”

Others also celebrated the news the monster had died as they will finally have closure.

Richard McCann, the son of Sutcliffe's first recognised victim, Wilma McCann, told BBC Breakfast: "I'm surprised how I feel this morning.

"It brings me some degree of closure, not that I wished him dead, far from it.

"Every time we hear a news story about him, and my mum's photo is often shown, it's just another reminder of what he did.

"One positive to come from this is that we'll hear much less about him and no more reminders about what happened all those years ago."

Richard revealed he had spoken to one of Sutcliffe's brothers, Carl, as he said he is "certainly not celebrating".

Timeline of terror

June 1946: Peter Sutcliffe is born in Bingley, West Yorks

August 1974: Sutcliffe marries Sonia Szurma

October 1975: Sutcliffe kills Wilma McCann in Leeds – his first murder.

January 1981: Sutcliffe is arrested by police in Sheffield. He confesses to being The Ripper.

May 1981: He is given 20 life sentences at The Old Bailey over 13 murders and seven attempted murders. He starts sentence at HMP Parkhurst, Isle of Wight.

March 1984: Sent to Broadmoor High-security Hospital after being declared paranoid schizophrenic

August 2016: Sutcliffe moved from Broadmoor to Category A Frankland Prison, County Durham

November 13, 2020 – Sutcliffe dies.

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