It is about to be 47 years since the day peter sutcliffe He murdered his first victim... the first of many: thirteen women, most of them prostitutes, who they died in the clutches of the Yorkshire Ripper.
The murderer, working years ago as an undertaker in the cemetery of bingleyHe had heard some voices in his head that pushed him to go out on the streets to kill prostitutes. He considered it a divine message to cleanse the country of scum.
After a cumbersome and uncertain police investigation, the so-called “ripper of Yorkshire” was arrested on January 2, 1981, when he was about to take the life of another prostitute.
If we delve into the biography of this serial killer, we find that He was the eldest of six siblings, a shy boy, with problems integrating with other kids his age, very attached to his mother and yet his victims were always women.
To know the explanation to all this, In La Noche de Adolfo Arjona we have asked César Alcalá, author of the book “Psychiatric profiles of murderous men” published by editorial Sekotia. ‘There are many of these serial killers who are very attached to their mother’ assures César Alcalá; ‘they idealize the mother, but they do not idealize their victims, the victims for them are an extension of their perversions, of their murderous and macabre thoughts and this is an obvious case that the love for the mother was not evident in love to women’.
The one with Peter Sutcliffe It is not the only case of a serial killer who has a fixation on killing women who engage in prostitution and in this case, the murderer he was also a happily married man with a woman named Sonia. “Normally the wives of these types of men do not know about their husband’s actions” account Caesar; ‘the relationship they have with their wife is no longer a projection of the one they had with their mother, which is not a normal marriage relationship, it is rather a feeling of being with a female person’.
The double life of Peter Sutcliffe is striking or other serial killers, who show that to do so, they must be extremely intelligent people. The Yorkshire Ripper, he used to act with his victims in the same way: he would smash their skulls with a hammer and mercilessly stab other parts of their bodies. According to César Alcalá, he was an organized murderer ‘He always acted the same on all occasions, he had a modus operandi that was always the same; he prowled the streets late at night to find his victim, they were always prostitutes and he always did the same ritual to kill them; He always carried what was known as the “killer’s kit” with him, the hammer and a screwdriver or a knife to finish off the victim’.
During the trial, some specialists determined that the murderer suffered from paranoid schizophreniaIn fact, he ended up spending many years in a psychiatric facility, and that type of disorder likely altered his consciousness. ‘He was aware of everything he did’ assures César Alcalá; ‘That’s the difference between the psychopath and other mental illnesses, he wasn’t disturbed, he wasn’t crazy; He was a person who heard voices, he committed the murders, but he was aware, a delirium tremens or a moment of mental alienation could not be declared, he had everything planned and that is why he did not end up in jail, because he was a person who had a mental problem, he had the need to kill’.
Even though tried to plead insanity (assuring that some voices induced him to kill, that it was a divine order), the jury found him a sane man and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.The Yorkshire Ripper died in November 2020, aged 74, from the coronavirus.
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