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The Yorkshire Ripper probably committed more attacks than the murders and attempted murders he was convicted for, a secret report says.

The Byford Report said there was an "unexplained lull" in the Ripper's activities between 1969 and 1975.

The inquiry has been made public after being kept secret for nearly 25 years.

Lorry driver Peter Sutcliffe was jailed for the murders of 13 women and the attempted murders of seven others in northern towns between 1975 and 1980.

Sutcliffe was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in jail for the brutal attacks on women but the 1982 report raises the possibility he may be responsible for other "assaults".

The inquiry into the West Yorkshire Police investigation into the Ripper's crimes includes details of these attacks but this part of the report, entitled "Description of suspects, photofits and other assaults", remains censored by the Home Office.

Also partly censored is a section about Sutcliffe's "immediate associates".

'Established pattern'

The Byford Report points to a "lull" in Sutcliffe's activities between the time when he first came to the attention of the police in 1969 and the first officially recognised Ripper assault in 1975.

Its author, Sir Lawrence Byford, says: "We feel it is highly improbable that the crimes in respect of which Sutcliffe has been charged and convicted are the only ones attributable to him.

"This feeling is reinforced by examining the details of a number of assaults on women since 1969, which, in some ways, clearly fall into the established pattern of Sutcliffe's overall modus-operandi."

Sir Lawrence added that he was "sure" senior police officers were aware of the possibility that the Ripper was responsible for more attacks.

'Major errors'

The report, released under the Freedom of Information Act, details how detectives made "major errors of judgement" during the five years it took to apprehend Sutcliffe.

In 1982, a summary of the report was published, which suggested the police investigation suffered "information overload" because of the massive public response to the hoax letters and tapes sent by John Humble, who became known as Wearside Jack.

Humble was jailed for eight years in March for attempting to pervert the course of justice. His conviction is believed to have influenced the Home Office's decision to finally publish the Byford Report in full.

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Well, why can't they look into this more then? :huh:

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The Yorkshire Ripper probably committed more attacks than the murders and attempted murders he was convicted for, a secret report says.

The Byford Report said there was an "unexplained lull" in the Ripper's activities between 1969 and 1975.

The inquiry has been made public after being kept secret for nearly 25 years.

Lorry driver Peter Sutcliffe was jailed for the murders of 13 women and the attempted murders of seven others in northern towns between 1975 and 1980.

Sutcliffe was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in jail for the brutal attacks on women but the 1982 report raises the possibility he may be responsible for other "assaults".

The inquiry into the West Yorkshire Police investigation into the Ripper's crimes includes details of these attacks but this part of the report, entitled "Description of suspects, photofits and other assaults", remains censored by the Home Office.

Also partly censored is a section about Sutcliffe's "immediate associates".

'Established pattern'

The Byford Report points to a "lull" in Sutcliffe's activities between the time when he first came to the attention of the police in 1969 and the first officially recognised Ripper assault in 1975.

Its author, Sir Lawrence Byford, says: "We feel it is highly improbable that the crimes in respect of which Sutcliffe has been charged and convicted are the only ones attributable to him.

"This feeling is reinforced by examining the details of a number of assaults on women since 1969, which, in some ways, clearly fall into the established pattern of Sutcliffe's overall modus-operandi."

Sir Lawrence added that he was "sure" senior police officers were aware of the possibility that the Ripper was responsible for more attacks.

'Major errors'

The report, released under the Freedom of Information Act, details how detectives made "major errors of judgement" during the five years it took to apprehend Sutcliffe.

In 1982, a summary of the report was published, which suggested the police investigation suffered "information overload" because of the massive public response to the hoax letters and tapes sent by John Humble, who became known as Wearside Jack.

Humble was jailed for eight years in March for attempting to pervert the course of justice. His conviction is believed to have influenced the Home Office's decision to finally publish the Byford Report in full.

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Well, why can't they look into this more then? :huh:

oooohhh... the YORKSHIRE RIPPER... i thought you were talking about Jackie boy...

But seriously, why is it that it took over 20 years for the police to come up with this conclusion?

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It took theem 20 yrs to realease it because they did a crap job and didn't want it leaked to public me thinks.

"major errors of judgement"

The guy should have got 30 yrs for each victim, a hell why should the tax payers have to pay for him to live, exicution 33 cent bullet.

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It took theem 20 yrs to realease it because they did a crap job and didn't want it leaked to public me thinks.

"major errors of judgement"

The guy should have got 30 yrs for each victim, a hell why should the tax payers have to pay for him to live, exicution 33 cent bullet.

heck, you got a hole in one... my grandmother was living in that area around that time... that scares me...

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Yeah most serial killers don't have a 'lull' that long. :hmm:

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chronological list of his murders and attacks:

7/5/75 Attack on Anna Rogulskyj

8/15/75 Attack on Olive Smelt

10/30/75 Murder of Wilma McCann

1/20/76 Murder of Emily Jackson

5/9/76 Attack on Marcella Claxton

oct 76 starts jobwith T.&W.H. Clark

2/5/77 Murder of Irene Richardson

4/23/77 Murder of Patricia Atkinson

June 77 George Oldfield takes on Ripper case

6/26/77 Murder of Jane MacDonald

7/10/77 Attack on Maureen Long

10/1/77 Murder of Jean Jordan

11/2/77 First interview with police

11/8/77 Second interview police

12/14/77 Attack on Marilyn Moore

1/21/78 Murder of Yvonne Pearson

1/31/78 Murder of Helen Rytka

5/16/78 Murder of Vers Millward

8/13/79 Third interview with police

8/23/78 Fourth interview with police

4/4/79 Murder of Josephine Whitaker

4/16/79 Ripper letters brought into investigation

6/26/79 Geordie tape released to press

July 79 George Oldfield has heart attack

7/29/79 Fifth interview with police

9/2/79 Murder of Barbara Leach

10/23/79 sixth interview with police

1/13/80 Seventh interview with police

1/20/80 Eighth interview with police

2/2/80 Ninth interview with police

8/18/80 Murder of Marguerite Walls

9/24/80 Attack on Theresa Sykes

11/17/80 Murder of Jaqueline Hill

1/2/81 Sutcliffe arrested

1/4/81 Sutcliffe confesses

5/5/81 Stands trial

5/22/81 Found guilty on 13 charges of murder

1/10/83 Sutcliff attacked in prison

March 84 Transferred to high security hospital

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chronological list of his murders and attacks:

7/5/75 Attack on Anna Rogulskyj

8/15/75 Attack on Olive Smelt

10/30/75 Murder of Wilma McCann

1/20/76 Murder of Emily Jackson

5/9/76 Attack on Marcella Claxton

oct 76 starts jobwith T.&W.H. Clark

2/5/77 Murder of Irene Richardson

4/23/77 Murder of Patricia Atkinson

June 77 George Oldfield takes on Ripper case

6/26/77 Murder of Jane MacDonald

7/10/77 Attack on Maureen Long

10/1/77 Murder of Jean Jordan

11/2/77 First interview with police

11/8/77 Second interview police

12/14/77 Attack on Marilyn Moore

1/21/78 Murder of Yvonne Pearson

1/31/78 Murder of Helen Rytka

5/16/78 Murder of Vers Millward

8/13/79 Third interview with police

8/23/78 Fourth interview with police

4/4/79 Murder of Josephine Whitaker

4/16/79 Ripper letters brought into investigation

6/26/79 Geordie tape released to press

July 79 George Oldfield has heart attack

7/29/79 Fifth interview with police

9/2/79 Murder of Barbara Leach

10/23/79 sixth interview with police

1/13/80 Seventh interview with police

1/20/80 Eighth interview with police

2/2/80 Ninth interview with police

8/18/80 Murder of Marguerite Walls

9/24/80 Attack on Theresa Sykes

11/17/80 Murder of Jaqueline Hill

1/2/81 Sutcliffe arrested

1/4/81 Sutcliffe confesses

5/5/81 Stands trial

5/22/81 Found guilty on 13 charges of murder

1/10/83 Sutcliff attacked in prison

March 84 Transferred to high security hospital

Wow he must have been blood thirsty...really bloodthirsty...**shudders** how can someone really kill that many people (yes I realize not all of the dates are from murders)

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