Priest called in to ‘restore peace’ to community haunted by Yorkshire Ripper

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A priest is being called in to exorcise a community haunted by Peter Sutcliffe.

Residents want the cleric to “bring eternal cleansing and restore peace” to the Yorkshire Ripper’s former killing grounds.

Sutcliffe murdered 13 women over five years. Locals turned to Anglican minister David Gray to help find closure ahead of next month’s inquest into Sutcliffe’s jail death from Covid last year.

They fear their still-shattered communities around Bradford, West Yorks, will not overcome their grief until the Ripper’s trail of death is addressed.

Rev Gray, who is in contact with a survivor who narrowly escaped the Ripper’s clutches, said he will start by inviting conversations among locals to “understand the dark story and share the negative ventilation of grief”.

The minister, 67, added: “People would’ve felt connected to all the women and had worries about their own [families], but never thought to talk about it. I’d light candles, say prayers, walk around the area and talk to people.

“In most cases, people will be able to feel cleansed so that they can move on.”

Lorry driver Sutcliffe was serving 20 whole life sentences when he died at 74 in Frankland Prison, Durham.

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Back in June the Star reported how The Ripper's old CD player – which he had at Broadmoor – has gone on sale for £7,000.

A US crime memorabilia site is accepting offers for the garish boombox, which is adorned with a crude self-portrait of its evil former owner, Peter Sutcliffe, also known as the Yorkshire Ripper.

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Sutcliffe, who was a fan of U2 and Neil Young, drew a cartoon-like image of himself surrounded by a crescent moon, a star and black spirals onto the CD player with a black marker.

He wrote the date as September 5, 1987, which was six years after his trial for the murders.

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