Netflix has finally given us a first glimpse at the upcoming documentary series about the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.
The four-part series, called “The Ripper”, will be released next month, and is all about how he brought terror to the streets of Britain from 1975 to 1980. This comes just days after Sutcliffe died in prison, after contracting Covid-19.
He killed 13 women in total: Wilma McCann, Emily Jackson, Irene Richardson, Patricia Atkinson, Jayne MacDonald, Jean Jordan, Yvonne Pearson, Helen Rytka, Vera Millward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach, Marguerite Walls and Jacqueline Hill. The documentary promises to be a careful examination of the impact on his victims, and how this affected the country at the time and how people reacted to the horrific crimes.
The crimes caused hysteria, with people not wanting to go out, calls for men to have curfews and people generally not feeling safe as it seemed police would never catch him. Sutcliffe was finally found and jailed for life in 1981.
The Ripper on Netflix is made by the same team who created Don’t F**k With Cats and will include interviews with senior police officers, journalists and family members who were involved and affected by the killings.
The Netflix synopsis for the documentary series reads: “Investigators and witnesses recall the Yorkshire Ripper murders, which cast a dark shadow over the north of England in the late 1970s.”
Watch the trailer for ‘The Ripper’ on Netflix here: