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Yorkshire Ripper

From 1975 to 1981, Peter Sutcliffe brutally murdered 13 women, and remained at large despite being interviewed nine times by police in connection with the killings. Accurate descriptions from survivors were dismissed by police who decided that Sutcliffe, later dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, was only targeting sex workers. During the 1980s, with Women Against Rape, the ECP picketed the high court to protest the murders and the official disregard for sex workers’ lives, notoriously expressed by the Attorney General, Sir Michael Havers’ comments that “some [of the victims] were prostitutes, but perhaps the saddest part of the case is that some were not. The last six attacks were on totally respectable women.”

The BBC documentary ‘The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story lays bare the case’s outrageous misogyny and lets silenced women be heard at last.