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22 November 2020 06:38

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Yorkshire Ripper takes secrets of 'murderous relationship' with Jimmy Savile to the grave

Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email The Yorkshire Ripper is feared to have taken the ­secrets of his potentially murderous relationship with Jimmy Savile to his grave. The UK's top criminologist says the public will now never get the truth about links between Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and sex beast Savile, who were unusually friendly during the DJ's regular visits to Broadmoor hospital. Professor David Wilson – a real-life version of TV's criminal psychologist Cracker – also warned Sutcliffe may have been responsible for other murders, including foreign victims. Get the biggest stories direct to your inbox Yorkshire Live - Daily Newsletter Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email It is feared that the Yorkshire Ripper struck up a sickening relationship with sexual predator Jimmy Savile. The UK's top criminologist has spoken out about his fears that Peter Sutcliffe, who died last week, may have taken secrets about the pair's warped relationship to his grave.

Yorkshire-born Sutcliffe and Leeds DJ Savile became pals during the TV icon's regular visits to Broadmoor hospital. As reported by The Mirror, Professor David Wilson – a real-life version of TV's criminal psychologist Cracker – also warned Sutcliffe may have been responsible for other murders, including foreign victims. The former prison officer and head of criminology at Birmingham University said: "Sutcliffe's death leaves a number of issues unresolved, including murders that he could be linked to that were never proven, both in this country and abroad, and in relation to his relationship with Jimmy Savile." There have been persistent rumours of an accomplice to the Ripper, whose final weasel words were revealed by the Sunday People last week after he died in hospital aged 74 from Covid-19. Prof Wilson, 61, said: "There has always been speculation about Sutcliffe and other people who may have been involved in the murders." This includes two women in Sweden, as he was in the area at time of their killings while using ferries as a lorry driver. Evidence included Sutcliffe murdering his third victim Irene Richardson yards from paedophile Savile's penthouse.

He said: "At first sight the suggestion that Savile might be connected with the crimes committed by Sutcliffe will seem far-fetched. "Both inhabited a world where men were encouraged to take what they wanted by force and where girls and women were seen as things to be used and then discarded. The pair's friendship was caught on film in 1991 when Savile invited former boxing champion Frank Bruno to open a gym at the secure unit and the star was snapped shaking hands with Sutcliffe. Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email The Yorkshire Ripper likely took the secrets of his potentially murderous relationship with Jimmy Savile to his grave, a top criminologist believes. Professor David Wilson says the public will now never get the truth about links between Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and sex beast Savile after the former's death last week.

There are even suspicions that paedophile Savile may have been the Ripper's killing accomplice. Professor Wilson also told the Mirror that Sutcliffe may have been responsible for other murders than the known 13, including foreign victims. The former prison officer and head of criminology at Birmingham University said: "Sutcliffe's death leaves a number of issues unresolved, including murders that he could be linked to that were never proven, both in this country and abroad, and in relation to his relationship with Jimmy Savile." There have been persistent rumours of an accomplice to the Ripper, whose final words were revealed last week after he died in hospital aged 74 from coronavirus. Prof Wilson, 61, said: "There has always been speculation about Sutcliffe and other people who may have been involved in the murders." This includes two women murdered in Sweden, as the Brit was in the area at the time of their killings while using ferries as a lorry driver. Prof Wilson, who has published almost 20 books, interviewed scores of paedophiles and helped police probe countless murders, first sensationally linked Yorkshire pals Sutcliffe and Savile in 2012.

Evidence included Sutcliffe murdering his third victim Irene Richardson yards from paedophile Savile's penthouse. Other women were attacked across Savile's stomping ground of Yorkshire and Leeds. He said: "At first sight, the suggestion that Savile might be connected with the crimes committed by Sutcliffe will seem far-fetched. "Both inhabited a world where men were encouraged to take what they wanted by force and where girls and women were seen as things to be used and then discarded. The pair's friendship was caught on film in 1991 when Savile invited former boxing champion, Frank Bruno, to open a gym at the secure unit and the star was snapped shaking hands with Sutcliffe. Women are all so much more than a label or a cliche - Christa Ackroyd One immediately told me the story of her high-profile partner who had described her in a magazine as being "good value." "You make me sound like a supermarket's own brand of beans," she said. For me and my friend those labels are just a funny story to share and laugh at. But any apology about the way women were divided into the "innocent", and by inference the not so innocent, was to be welcomed. Firstly, their description all those years ago fed into the narrative later taken up by Peter Sutcliffe that he had a mission from God to kill prostitutes. Peter Sutcliffe was a cowardly beast for whom any woman walking alone was a target. What on earth was wrong with simply describing them all as women? A day when I was called upon by many media outlets to comment on the news of Sutcliffe's death and reflect on the way the lives of some of these women were not only ended but stained by association. Yes, many media outlets had sanitised their description of those who died, choosing to refer to some as sex workers. Yes, they reported on the apology for the branding of Sutcliffe's victims at the time. A sex worker is just another word for prostitute. And prostitution is just another word for the abuse of women. I started this column with a label that may have amused many of you, about being described as a pleasant, 63-year-old lady. Assistant coroner Crispin Oliver began the hearing by reading out the names of women murdered by Sutcliffe and also remembered other victims he had attacked.