Yorkshire Ripper’s brother gives verdict on ’embarrassing’ new Netflix show

Peter Sutcliffe’s brother says he won’t be watching the new Netflix documentary called ‘The Ripper’ because it’s “embarrassing”.

Mick Sutcliffe was speaking after the latest programme, The Ripper, was available to stream from Netflix on Wednesday.

Families of the serial killer’s victims have slammed the title of the series.
Sutcliffe’s housebound 70-year-old brother from Bradford said: “I have watched many documentaries in the past, they are hard to watch.

“I did have to separate my brother from the serial killer to be able to have a relationship with him, but I have watched a few.

“They are difficult to watch because it brings home who he really is and it’s really embarrassing that that is my brother they are talking about.

“I’m not sure what new information this latest documentary has, I find that they are all more or less the same, they don’t ever come in from a new angle or do anything different.

“They are all addressing the obsession people have with murder.

“I don’t see that the title should be anything to be of great concern, I can see that it has upset the families of the victims, who I really feel for, but unfortunately that is the name he is known by.

“He was given the name years ago and it is now part of history. It is who he is.

“There is another programme coming up soon on ITV – I have seen them filming for it around where I live in Bingley, West Yorks.

“I was hoping that, after his death, we could have a bit of peace but sadly it seems not.

“Sadly it seems there will always be something to keep Peter, and our family, and the families of the victims, in the news.”

His brother died last month and was cremated secretly in a ceremony organised by his ‘next of kin’, his former wife Sonia.

The families of Sutcliffe’s victims have spoken out against the true-crime documentary series after the name was changed from *Once Upon a Time in Yorkshire to The Ripper.

In a letter signed by two survivors of Peter Sutcliffe, Marcella Claxton and Mo Lea, and relatives of seven of Sutcliffe’s victims, they said: “The moniker ‘the Yorkshire Ripper’ has traumatised us and our families for the past four decades.

“It glorifies the brutal violence of Peter Sutcliffe, and grants him a celebrity status that he does not deserve. Please remember that the word ‘ripper’ relates to ripping flesh and the repeated use of this phrase is irresponsible, insensitive and insulting to our families and our mothers’
and grandmothers’ legacies.”

But Netflix said: “This is not a series about Sutcliffe but a sensitive re-examination of the crimes within the context of England in the late 1970s.

“This was a time of radical change: a time of poverty and misogyny in which Sutcliffe’s victims were dehumanised by the media and the police, and which resulted in the perpetrator evading capture for five years.

“This series has at its heart the stories of the women who died.”