Nov. 13 (UPI) — Peter Sutcliffe, the serial killer dubbed the “Yorkshire Ripper” by the British press for admitting to killing 13 ladies within the 1970s, died after testing constructive for COVID-19, the British Ministry of Justice stated Friday.

Jail officers declined to supply a explanation for dying for Sutcliffe, 74, however stated he had the coronavirus in addition to different underlying well being circumstances.

He was serving a life sentence at HMP Frankland and had been transferred to College Hospital of North Durham for remedy. He spent most of his time behind bars at Broadmoor high-security psychiatric jail earlier than being deemed match to enter normal inhabitants at Frankland in 2016.

Sutcliffe confessed in 1981 to killing 13 ladies and trying to kill seven others throughout a spree lasting from 1969 to 1980.

Throughout his trial, he instructed the court docket he bludgeoned and mutilated his victims to dying in a “divine mission” to rid the world of prostitutes.

“I’m not pleased with doing any of the murders,” he instructed police after his arrest. “It was my very own intention to do away with the prostitutes at any price.”

Not all of his victims have been intercourse employees. Prosecutors stated invented his obsessional “hatred of prostitutes” to again up his plea of madness with the hopes of receiving a lenient sentence.

Sutcliffe pleaded responsible to manslaughter with “diminished duty” for the 13 deaths and responsible to seven counts of tried homicide, however the jury convicted him of homicide.