Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe is snubbed by his own family as NO members will attend serial killer's funeral

THE Yorkshire Ripper is set to be snubbed by his own family at his funeral.

Peter Sutcliffe has four surviving siblings but none will be at his service.

That means there could be just two mourners – his ex-wife Sonia and a funeral director pal who is thought to be arranging it.

A source said: “Sonia is the next of kin so the arrangements fall to her and as it stands his own relatives don’t know anything.

“But whatever the arrangements are, they won’t be going.”

Sutcliffe, who died last week aged 74 after contracting coronavirus, had been estranged from brother Carl, 58, and sisters Maureen, 68, and Jane, 64, following the death of third sister Anne in 2005 aged 56.

Whatever the arrangements are, they won’t be going.

He was still in touch with his other brother Mick, 70, but he is unlikely to attend the funeral due to health reasons.

Carl has even reached out to victims' families since his brother died and apologised.

He said: "My brother could never find it in his heart to say sorry for all the lives he destroyed — so I’m doing it.

"It should have been him saying sorry. It should have been him saying sorry."


The siblings had fallen out after Sutcliffe demanded he be involved in his sister's funeral.

A source said: “When Anne died the family wanted a nice quiet funeral.

"Peter said he wanted to attend but that would have turned it into a circus with the security and media attention.

”In his self-centred way he went on and on about going but they pushed back.

"After that they had decided they had had enough of him. They were sick of the way he made everything all about him.”


Sutcliffe had been saving up to cover his own funeral costs.

"But three years ago he told how he feared the £1,900 he had saved wouldn’t be enough and was delighted when his funeral director pal offered to cover costs.

He said at the time: “He’s a good mate. I’ve got £1,900 towards my funeral costs, it wouldn’t be enough, it’s about three or four thousand now for a funeral and he said ‘Oh nonsense, don’t worry about it, we’re mates, we can arrange a funeral that won’t cost anything.’

“I thought, that was kind of him. He said ‘Don’t worry about stuff like that, you’ve got me as a mate, I’m a funeral director, I’ve got my own businesses, we can fit you in without a cost’.

“I told him I wanted him to do the funeral.”

As a Jehovah’s Witness, Sutcliffe could choose whether to be cremated or buried. He opted for cremation but it is not known which crematorium it will be at.

He previously caused a storm when he said he wanted his ashes scattered in Yorkshire.

In 2017 The Sun told how relatives of his victims were furious at the idea that the Yorkshire Ripper’s final resting place would be in Yorkshire.

Neil Jackson, 62, of Leeds, whose mum Emily was Sutcliffe's second murder victim, said: "There is no way he is coming back to Yorkshire. He caused too much grief and anguish.”

Sonia has not spoken publicly since her ex-husband died. It is not known if she will attend the funeral.


Sutcliffe was serving a whole-life term at HMP Frankland for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and the North West between 1975 and 1980.

He was jailed in 1981 and spent several years at Broadmoor Hospital where he was treated for paranoid schizophrenia before being transferred to HMP Frankland in 2016.

Sutcliffe's five-year reign of terror in the north of England led to one of the biggest police manhunts of the 20th century.

Confessing to cops after his eventual arrest, the fiend notoriously claimed he was "a beast" driven on "by a devil" inside him.

But a source said of his final moments: "No tears were shed.

"His death was as pitiful as the vile life he had lived."

Timeline of terror

June 1946: Peter Sutcliffe is born in Bingley, West Yorks

August 1974: Sutcliffe marries Sonia Szurma

October 1975: Sutcliffe kills Wilma McCann in Leeds – his first murder.

January 1981: Sutcliffe is arrested by police in Sheffield. He confesses to being The Ripper.

May 1981: He is given 20 life sentences at The Old Bailey over 13 murders and seven attempted murders. He starts sentence at HMP Parkhurst, Isle of Wight.

March 1984: Sent to Broadmoor High-security Hospital after being declared paranoid schizophrenic

August 2016: Sutcliffe moved from Broadmoor to Category A Frankland Prison, County Durham

November 13, 2020 – Sutcliffe dies.

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