Yorkshire Ripper’s brother fumes at being snubbed from killer’s ‘secret funeral’

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Peter Sutcliffe's devastated brother claims that he was "banned" from his funeral.

The serial killer, who brutally murdered thirteen women in the 1970s, died from covid-19 related causes at a hospital in Durham earlier this month, aged 74.

And according to Mick, 70, he was cremated yesterday at an intimate ceremony attended only by his ex-wife Sonia, and a funeral director.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said relatives had been frozen out and described it as a “cruel” blow.

He raged: “Peter would be turning in his grave to know that I had not been invited to the funeral.”

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Mick, who has severe lung disease, said he sent a eulogy to be read out at the funeral, but does not know if it was.

It says: “Peter, all of your family love you as Peter Sutcliffe although you ruined all our lives when you became the Yorkshire Ripper.

“But over the years we have learned to forgive you but I don’t think the families of your victims will find it so easy.

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“After saying this, you have some special people out here that still really care for you. Well Peter, wherever you are now, good luck, God bless, I hope I will see you soon, Mick.”

The retired scrap dealer said a female friend of the killer told them the service would be available to watch online on Zoom.

He added: “She said she had spoken to the funeral director and we would be sent a link 24 hours before.

“I was pleased because that way I would get to be there. I have not left the house in years, I would not have been able to go to any service.

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“Our Peter would go absolutely barmy if he knew I didn’t know.

“Peter has caused so much pain. He also put our family through hell.

“So we needed to be at that funeral to get that closure. We wanted to say goodbye.”

Mick, of Bingley, West Yorks, said he found out yesterday morning the funeral had already taken place.

He added that only some flowers were accepted for the service.

The Ripper arranged his funeral five years ago, it has been claimed.

The company offers pre-paid funerals in which the price of the funeral will be set at the rates when it has been paid for.

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It currently charges £1,650 for a cremation plus costs from the crematorium and for a medical certificate.

But it's a sore point for Mick, who said: “All our rights have been pinched. Nobody has even officially told us yet that he has been cremated.

“I can’t believe we were banned from our own brother’s funeral.”

He added: “I’ve been speaking to him every week without fail for years.”

Mick said the pair would chat on Mondays after the killer called from Frankland prison in Co Durham. The Ripper, from Bradford, was convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women between 1975 and 1980.

After he was jailed he became a Jehovah’s Witness. When he was taken to hospital recently he refused treatment because he did not want to prolong his life “artificially”.

  • Family
  • Serial Killers
  • Peter Sutcliffe
  • Funerals

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