Yorkshire Ripper can't appeal sentence

LONDON, March 10 (UPI) -- The Yorkshire Ripper, convicted of killing 13 women in northern England between 1975 and 1980, lost what could be his last bid for freedom Wednesday.

The Court of Appeal turned down Peter Sutcliffe's request to take his case back to the High Court, the BBC reported. The High Court said last year that Sutcliffe, 64, must serve a "whole life" sentence.


Sutcliffe, a factory worker and truck driver from Bradford in Yorkshire, was arrested in early 1981 and convicted at the Old Bailey in London of 13 murders and many other assaults on women. He was sentenced to 20 life terms.

The killings occurred in Yorkshire and the Manchester area in neighboring Lancashire.

Sutcliffe is being held at Broadmoor, a high-security psychiatric hospital. He uses his mother's maiden name, Coonan.

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