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Peter Sutcliffe found guilty of 13 murders and 7 attempts

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The debate was not over whether Peter Sutcliffe was ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’ or whether he had committed the murders. Forensic evidence and a confession had established that.

This verdict determined that he was sane enough to be sentenced to prison rather than being secured in a mental hospital. A prisoner attack meant Sutcliffe was sent to a Broadmoor secure hospital.

It was here that the hammer and knife ripper was permanently blinded by a patient with a biro...