The widow of a Ripper Squad police team that has brought Peter Sutcliffe on trial recalled horrifying words exchanged between the two men this week.
The Yorkshire Ripper admitted to Det Con Alan Foster, moments after he was murdered for the murder of 13 women, that I should be hanged.
The exchange took place in the bowels of the Old Bailey, where Sutcliffe had stood on trial.
The serial killer turned to the officer and said, “I should be hanged for this, shouldn’t I, Mr. Foster.”
The detective replied, “Yes, you should.”
Det Con Foster, 71, died four years ago – and his widow Christine Foster has had his experience with the mirror.
Christine says her husband and many of his colleagues can finally rest in peace after Sutcliffe’s death last Friday (November 13th).
“My husband and everyone who passed away will wait for him wherever he is. They were all so affected by the case, ”she said mirror.
“For the police officers working on the case, it became their life. They worked and worked and worked.
“We never saw Alan. I only knew he was home because there was a depression on the pillow next to me.
“He would get in after I went to bed and leave before I got up in the morning.”
“And all he would do would be talking about the case to anyone who would listen all the time.
“He couldn’t get away from it. He would even talk about it when we were on vacation.
“He bought every newspaper he featured in – we still have them.”
Even after he was imprisoned, Sutcliffe continued to dominate their lives.
West Yorkshire Police Officer Foster was tasked with finding other potential Sutcliffe crimes and uncovered 47 violent incidents with potential links to the twisted Bradford truck driver.
It is feared that in addition to the 13 women he convicted of assault during his five-year terror campaign between 1975 and 1980, he could have killed another 22 women.
Christine, 73, said her husband had become “possessed” because she feared the Ripper would kill again if he were ever released.
She held onto one of the many files of newspaper clippings and documents that her husband had put together and told him mirror: “After his retirement he became obsessed with Peter Sutcliffe, he could never leave it alone. Alan was working through this case and he knew what a monster he was.
“He was sure that he had attacked more women and he knew he should never see the light of day.
“Alan always said he must never be released.”
Mr. Foster was the exhibition commissioner at Sutcliffe’s trial in May 1981 and held onto secret evidence despite being asked to burn it after the verdict.
It contained a pair of homemade open crotch leggings that the ripper wore under his jeans the night he was arrested in Sheffield, South Yorks, in January 1981.
He also kept items that contained DNA, including the killer’s hair and nail clippings, in hopes that future advances in forensics would help impose additional crimes against the Bradford truck driver.
Mr Foster returned the leggings to the police along with other items in 2003.
Sutcliffe, who has been detained at HMP Frankland in Co Durham since 2016, died in hospital on Friday aged 74 after contracting Covid-19 and refusing treatment.
Mrs. Foster of Leeds, West Yorks, received a text from a relative last week with the simple message: “Sutcliffe is dead.”
She said, “It’s such a shame Alan never saw that day. I hope it would have closed it.
She added, “Alan was a good man who loved his job.
“I am glad that this is over for Alan and the officials and families of these poor women.
“It is judgment day now for this man and he will go to hell.
“I’m glad he’s gone. It’s a good getaway from bad trash. He was a monster.”