Who are Peter Sutcliffe’s brothers and sisters and what was his childhood like?
PETER Sutcliffe's reign of terror left families devastated in the north of England when he murdered 13 women.
But behind closed doors the Yorkshire Ripper, who is now dead, had his own family, who didn't suspect a thing.
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Who are Peter Sutcliffe's brothers and sisters?
The monster was one of six brothers and sisters who lived in a cramped four-bed house in Bingley, near Bradford.
Not much is known about his siblings as they have tried to keep themselves out of the infamous spotlight their killer brother put them in.
However, in 2005 Sutcliffe was reportedly "devastated" to learn his younger sister, Anne Summer, had died of cancer aged 56.
On November 12, 2020, just a day before his death on Friday the 13th, his younger brother Carl spoke about how he would feel if he died.
Carl still gets pointed at and said it would be “a bit of a relief” if Sutcliffe passed.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live he said: “It’s been a nightmare. I know it is a horrible thing to say because he’s my brother.
"But there will be sadness too, because he’s my brother at the end of the day.
“We still get pointed at in the street and they whisper ‘that’s the Yorkshire Ripper’s brother’. I can’t hear them but I can still lip read.”
Who were the Yorkshire Ripper's parents?
Sutcliffe is now known as one of the UK's most depraved serial killers but the fiend's name wasn't always synonymous with his grisly crimes.
Back in the 1940s and 50s, the monster was seen as a “mummy’s boy” who was forever clinging to Kathleen’s skirt.
He was rejected by his sports-mad dad John – a tough Yorkshireman who was disappointed with his weedy son right from his birth.
As a result, the killer grew up as a skinny loner who struggled to fit in on the playground.
After his arrest, Sutcliffe took on his mother's maiden name and was known as Peter Coonan.
What was Peter Sutcliffe's childhood like?
Sutcliffe was born on June 2, 1946, and was said to be a loner.
He left school at 15 – working a series of menial jobs such as a grave digger, factory worker, door-to-door salesman and HGV driver.
In his teens, Sutcliffe was said to have an obsession with voyeurism – and he spent his days spying on prostitutes, and the men using their services.
His dad John once recalled: "He always seemed detached from the other children.
“There was a little corner of the schoolyard where he used to stand and he stayed there the whole of the play hour.”
Sutcliffe struggled to hold a conversation unless it was about cars and motorbikes, which he was obsessed with.
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