Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe is said to have been cremated in a secret ceremony two weeks after his death from the coronavirus at the age of 74.
The killer’s funeral is believed to have been hosted by his ex-wife Sonia Woodward, 70, who may have also paid for the ceremony.
But family and friends were excluded, with a planned Zoom link to the event canceled at the last minute, it said The sun.
A source Sutcliffe knew told the paper, “His family thinks Sonia is doing that, and they didn’t want it going on Zoom or people leaving so it could be kept a secret and none of it would be on camera.”
Sutcliffe – a diabetic, overweight and with heart problems – died alone on Friday, November 13, after refusing treatment for the coronavirus.
The seriously ill Mick Sutcliffe is said to be furious that he missed the funeral, with the family describing it as a ‘cruel’ blow, according to The mirror.
He told the newspaper, “Peter would turn in his grave to know I was not invited to the funeral.
“I’ve been talking to him every week without interruption for years.”
Peter Sutcliffe’s funeral (pictured in 2015) is believed to have been hosted by his ex-wife Sonia Woodward, 70, who may have also paid for the ceremony
The daughter of Ukrainian and Polish refugees, Sonia Szurma (pictured with her former husband) first met Sutcliffe in 1966 at a Royal Standard pub disco in Bradford’s red-light district. A year later they were engaged. They were married on August 10, 1974
His casket was surrounded by flowers and music was played during the short ceremony, the paper reported. Readings by family members are deemed to have been read.
The son of Sutcliffe’s second victim Emily, 42, who was murdered in 1976, said he hoped the killer would “ burn in hell. ” Builder Neil Jackson, 62, from Leeds, told the sun: ‘He should have been hanging on a rope 40 years ago when he was caught.
‘And I hope the public doesn’t pay for it because when we are, his ashes just have to be sent down.’
It is not known who paid the costs, although it was previously reported that a friend of the undertaker, David Holmes, offered to organize his funeral for free.
Sutcliffe, Britain’s most infamous serial killer, murdered 13 women and tried to kill seven more from 1975 to 1980. In the photo: 12 of his victims
Sutcliffe is said to have accepted the offer and wanted to be buried near his birthplace in Bingley, West Yorkshire. But it is not thought that Mr. Holmes organized the funeral and Sutcliffe was cremated to prevent the destruction of his grave.
Under a prison service directive, if there is no family plan, prisons must offer to pay a ‘reasonable’ fee. The funeral had cost up to £ 3,000.
But Ms. Woodward, who described herself as Sutcliffe’s ‘interested other’ until 2015, has the means to pay for it. They divorced in 1994 and his ex-wife married three years later.
Andrew Bridgen, Tory Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire, said: ‘If the state has to pay for his funeral, it should try to recoup those costs from Sutcliffe’s estate plus any administrative costs.
Sonia has not visited Sutcliffe at Frankland Prison, County Durham, having moved there in 2016 after a 32-year stint at Broadmoor High-Security Hospital in Berkshire, but the pair still spoke on the phone and exchanged letters.
“The funeral costs will hurt, but they are nothing compared to how much it cost the state to imprison him for 40 years.”
Sutcliffe was declared bankrupt in 1984 and Sonia is said to have bought half his share of the house amid a legal dispute to prevent the house from being sold under a court order.
Sutcliffe, Britain’s most infamous serial killer, murdered 13 women and tried to kill seven more from 1975 to 1980.
Shortly before Sutcliffe died at North Durham University Hospital, his brother Carl, 61, told the Mail that he had “washed his hands” off his sibling and would not attend any ceremony.
He claimed that Sonia was his legal close family, but brother Michael, 70, commented, ‘It has nothing to do with her (Sonia). She’s not his wife anymore, is. ‘
Sonia Szurma, the daughter of Ukrainian and Polish refugees, first met Sutcliffe in 1966 at a Royal Standard pub disco in Bradford’s red-light district. A year later they were engaged. They were married on August 10, 1974.
Less than a year later, truck driver Sutcliffe picked up a hammer and began attacking women, two in Keighley and one in Halifax. A year later, he murdered the first of his 13 victims: Wilma McCann, a 28-year-old mother of four.
Portrait of British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, also known as ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’, on his wedding day, 10 August 1974
Michael, who said he had barely spoken to Sonia since Sutcliffe’s arrest, was the only one of the killer’s five siblings who interacted with him regularly and had weekly contact with him.
Just hours before Sutcliffe’s death, he described the formidable serial killer as a pathetic and broken man.
“He is almost completely blind from type 2 diabetes and is stabbed in the eye (by another prisoner),” he said.
He must be led through prison by hand and all his letters read to him. He is so sick that he has to wear an ostomy bag. ‘
Five days before the Ripper’s death, gasping for breath as he was taken to hospital, Sutcliffe said with obesity and diabetes, “I’m not going to make it, I’m not coming back.”
It is not known what will happen to his ashes.
In 2019, the ashes of Angus Sinclair, one of Scotland’s most notorious killers, were scattered at sea after a local authority took charge when no arrangements were made for his funeral.