Ripper Quizzed by Cops Over Local Attacks
Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has been questioned by police over attacks in Silsden and Ilkley.
The serial killer is being linked to seven assaults that took place as far back as 1964, 11 years earlier than the vicious murders he was sentenced for.
Officers interviewed the murderer last week at HMP Frankland, Durham, where he is serving a life sentence.
It is thought to be the second time Sutcliffe, 70, has been quizzed over a string of unsolved cases, as part of an investigation by West Yorkshire police.
Plain clothes officers from Operation Painthall first visited Sutcliffe last month over the cases, which bear similarities to his past crimes.
They are thought to include an attack in 1969, which Sutcliffe is said to have admitted he could have been involved with, as well as the case of a 12-year-old girl who was attacked twice, but survived, in 1964.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, a source said: 'He has admitted he could have been behind one or two other attacks and mentioned one in 1969.
'But he is denying the 1964 one, saying that it had nothing to do with him and he wouldn't target someone that young.
'He has said his 'mission' did not start until years after that.'
Other cases which could be investigated include that of Yvonne Mysliwiec, who was attacked from behind in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, in 1979.
The reporter was 21 when she was attacked with a ball-peen hammer.
She believes the incident was the handiwork of Sutcliffe, but in the 1970s police rubbished her claims and said it was a copy-cat.
Another possible victim is Tracy Browne, who was 14 when she was hit with a hammer in Silsden, West Yorkshire.
She was walking along a country lane with her sister Mandy when she was struck five times by a man.
When she went to police with her mother, Nora, she was laughed out of the station.
Potential victim Ann Rooney, then 22, was attacked in Honsforth, on the outskirts of Leeds, in 1979.
She told police her attacker drove a Sunbeam Rapier, the same type of car Sutcliffe owned, but police didn't believe Sutcliffe attacked her.
Sutcliffe began his reign of terror with two attacks in Keighley and one in Halifax, in summer 1975. All three survived and police did not link the attacks. The Yorkshire Ripper was handed a life sentence after being convicted of 13 murders in 1981.
He was also convicted of attempting to murder seven others.
Over five years in the 1970s the serial killer committed a string of offences, involving knives, hammers and screwdrivers.
Between 1975 and 1980, women in the north of England were advised to not go outside 'unless absolutely necessary, and only accompanied by a man you know'.
The ripper's first four victims were prostitutes, but the serial killer soon moved on to members of the public.
Sutcliffe was arrested because he had a set of false number plates on his car.
It was only later that police realised he looked similar to descriptions of the Yorkshire Ripper.
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