One of the Yorkshire Ripper’s real-life victims watches as the TV crew film a drama on the street where she lives.
One of Peter Sutcliffe’s real-life victims watches as the television crew film the Yorkshire Ripper drama on the street where he lives.
- Marcella Claxton, 66, survived Sutcliffe’s vicious attack in 1976 when she was 20 years old.
- Ripper hit her in the head. Mrs. Claxton lost a baby and needed brain surgery
- Today he watched an ITV crew film a new drama about the Sutcliffe murders.
- Neighbor: ‘Imagine you go for a walk and they make a movie about your attacker.’
A victim of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women in a five-year killing spree, watched as a television crew filmed a drama about him on his Leeds street.
Marcella Claxton, 66, survived a violent ambush by Sutcliffe on her way home from a house party in May 1976. She was just 20 years old.
Sutcliffe hit Mrs. Claxton on the head after mistaking her for a sex worker.
Left: Mrs Claxton watches an ITV crew film a Yorkshire Ripper drama on her street in Leeds. Right: Sutcliffe survivor, 66, consults with a security guard near the set.
Marcella Claxton (pictured as a young woman) survived a vicious attack by Peter Sutcliffe (right) five years before he was caught.
She lost the baby she had been carrying for four months and needed brain surgery.
Mrs. Claxton also required more than 50 stitches, Mirror informed.
Sutcliffe murdered 13 women and attempted to kill seven more during a five-year killing spree between 1975 and 1980.
Locals in Chapeltown, to the northeast, were shocked that the crew filmed so close to Mrs. Claxton’s home.
Actors in costume film the upcoming ITV drama in Chapeltown, north east of Leeds today
Claxton looks torn as the crew film the upcoming series on her street in Leeds earlier.
Neighbor Mercy Brown, 48, said: “Imagine going for a walk on the streets where you live and seeing a movie about your attacker’s crimes.”
Fellow resident Winston Campbell, 58, said: “Watching the actors brought those days back. Those were very scary times around here.
“I hope they do justice to the victims and treat them with respect.”
The ITV series stars former Corrie actress and Night Manager star Katherine Kelly.
Some of the notorious killer’s victims and their families reportedly cooperated in putting on the show.
Mrs. Claxton, who continues to have headaches and dizziness nearly 50 years after her assassination attempt, said after the Ripper’s death in 2020: “I’m glad he’s gone.”
Actress Charley Webb (in police uniform) stars in the series. She is depicted talking to a crew member and an extra who plays a sex worker.
Charley Webb played Debbie Dingle on Emmerdale from 2002 to 2021
‘At least now I may be able to get some closure.’
ITV commissioned the drama after the success of true crime shows Des and White House Farm.
The Yorkshire Ripper was jailed for 20 years in 1981, and the sentence became a life order in 2010.
Police interviewed him no fewer than nine times during their five-year investigation.
Twelve of Sutcliffe’s 13 victims. Top row (L to R): Wilma McCann, Emily Jackson, Irene Richardson, and Patricia Atkinson. Middle row: Jayne McDonald, Jean Jordan, Yvonne Pearson and Helen Rytka. Bottom Row: Vera Millward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach, and Jacqueline Hill
Chapeltown, Leeds was chosen for a location in the series as it has period-appropriate houses.
He often used the services of sex workers in Leeds and Bradford, targeting them.
Sutcliffe was eventually arrested by police in Sheffield in 1981 for driving with false number plates.
At that time he confessed to the murders and claimed that the voice of God commanded him to commit them.
He died of Covid in prison in November 2020 at the age of 74.
Katherine Kenny stars as Emily Jackson, Sutcliffe’s second murder victim, in the new ITV series.
In the photo, Yorkshire Police are searching for Wilma McCann, the Ripper’s first victim, in 1975.