Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe was cremated in a small secret ceremony, his brother said.
Mick Sutcliffe told the Daily Mirror that his brother was cremated in an undisclosed location early Friday after a funeral.
Mr Sutcliffe, 70, said he was told the funeral would be this week, with family members attending online through Zoom.
On Friday morning, however, he was told that the funeral had taken place privately, presumably organized by the killer’s ex-wife.
“Peter caused so much pain. He also got our family through hell. So we had to be at that funeral to get that closure. We wanted to say goodbye, ”he told the mirror.
In a laudatory speech he prepared for the service and shared with the newspaper, Mr Sutcliffe wrote: “Peter, your whole family loves you as Peter Sutcliffe, even though you ruined our lives when you became the Yorkshire Ripper. “
Last week, an investigation heard that Sutcliffe died at the age of 74 from a combination of Covid-19, diabetes and heart disease.
He was an inmate of Maximum Security Frankland Prison and died on November 13 at nearby North Durham University Hospital.
Sutcliffe had a number of health problems that nearly blinded him and required a wheelchair.
Durham Constabulary Detective Inspector Claire Lambert informed the investigation that Sutcliffe was admitted to the hospital on November 10th.
She said he had been sick for weeks before he was taken to the hospital.
Sutcliffe’s rampage in Yorkshire and Manchester from 1975 to 1980 terrified northern England, leading to a huge manhunt and botched police investigation.
He finally confessed in 1981 after being caught in Sheffield.
Sutcliffe was sentenced to 20 life sentences for the murder of 13 women and the attempted murder of seven others.
West Yorkshire Police Chief John Robins previously made a heartfelt apology to the families of the Sutcliffe victims. The language used by senior officials at the time created “additional distress and fear” for families.
This followed a plea by Richard McCann, whose mother Wilma was murdered by Sutcliffe in 1975.
Mr. McCann said that when 16-year-old Jayne MacDonald was killed in 1977, officials identified her as the first “innocent” victim.