The “voice” encouraged me to kill – I heard it from the walls and thought it was God talking to me, says the Yorkshire Ripper.

SUTCLIFFF always insisted that he killed because the voice in his head told him to do it.

He was convinced that it was from God.

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Sutcliff always insisted that he killed because the voice in his head told him:[/caption]

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Sutcliffe said: “The voice gives me advice. He constantly interferes with you, he tells you what you must do, he gives you instructions.[/caption]

But what exactly was the “voice”? How did it sound and what was said?

He explained, “The voice can also come and talk to me about daily routine things.

“Maybe I’m trying to think about doing something and all of a sudden a voice says, ‘What about this?’ or “Have you thought about…”. . .’

“I know that I am thinking about these thoughts, but it is the voice that gives me the answer, it tells me what I need to know.

“The voice gives me advice.

“He gets in your way all the time, he tells you what you have to do, instructions.


“And you can’t shut him up, you can’t plug your ears.

“He knew it was inappropriate to regularly send me these messages while I was driving a truck.

“But even though I believed what I believed at the time, I was still in awe of it, a kind of fear, because I was half expecting what he would say.

– You can’t shut up.

Sutcliffe said he often heard the voice a couple of days before the attack.

In other cases, it may be only a few hours.

He explained: “Usually it was like it could be two or three days before the attack.

“It was a steady buildup and then I started attacking.

Once I killed, that was it—it was a release from the pressure, it was all over.


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“But sometimes it can last more than a couple of hours. It can be so fast.

“I may have been hearing voices for days, but once I thought I was ready, I couldn’t stop.

“When the aggravation began, at first I could stop myself, but after a while I could no longer stop myself.

“I couldn’t fight it.

“Once I killed, that was it—it was a release from the pressure, it was all over.

“I knew what I was doing, it was controlled, there were only a couple of times when it was not so.

“When I wasn’t fully prepared for a mission, I got very angry at what I had to do.

“It’s a pure voice, I know it’s in my head, but it’s a pure voice.

The voice gives me advice. He constantly interferes with you, he tells you what you must do, instructions.


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“This is a male authoritative voice.

“It seems to come from things, trees, walls.

“This is unlike anyone I have ever known.

“It doesn’t remind me of my father or anyone else I can pinpoint.”

Sutcliffe told how he once disobeyed the voice and refused to attack.

He said: “I was driving to Leeds and shifting gears up and down arguing with God.

“I went faster and slower, and I managed to turn around and come back, and he said:“ I know, I see that you are not ready, ”because before that I had to prepare for this.

“I came home and I felt so relieved when I got home even though I didn’t go through with it.

I didn’t know it was schizophrenia, I didn’t know what it was, I just thought it was a miracle.


Peter Sutcliff

“I didn’t know it was schizophrenia, I didn’t know what it was, I just thought it was a miracle.

“I didn’t know better, but I believed I knew.

“What was dangerous about me was that I believed that what was happening to me was a miracle – divine inspiration.

“In the beginning, I could fight it. I could try to stop myself from what I was about to do.

“But over time, it became harder and harder for me to fight the urge, and I couldn’t stop.”

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The Sutcliff Killer driving his truck[/caption]

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Sutcliff on his wedding day[/caption]

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Sutcliffe with his wife Sonya in the 1970s.
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Sutcliffe’s first victim was 28-year-old Wilma McCann.[/caption]

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20-year-old University of Leeds student Jacqueline Hill became Sutcliffe’s 13th and last known victim, ending a five-year reign of terror.[/caption]

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I am the Yorkshire Ripper by Robin Perry and Alfie James is published by Mirror Books on March 3 for £8.99. Also available in e-book

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