Yorkshire Ripper’s estate should to go to grieving families, victim’s son says

The Yorkshire Ripper's estate should be shared among his victim's families, claims the son of a woman he killed in 1976.

Peter Sutcliffe died aged 74 in November last year, leaving behind his wealth to ex-wife Sonia.

But Neil Jackson is campaigning for the serial killer's assets to be distributed to the families of his 13 murder victims who have never been compensated for their deaths.

The worth of Sutcliffe's estate is unclear but it was claimed he owned two plots of land in Scotland, which one of the Kray twins offered to buy from him.

Neil whose mum, Emily was the late serial killer’s second victim, has hit out at Peter Sutcliffe’s ex-wife Sonia for refusing to comment on the families’ plea for compensation.

Mr Jackson, 62, from Leeds, told The Mirror : “I’d hate to think he had left money and the victims were not compensated.

"I never got a penny after my mum was murdered. Anything that he has should go to families.

“I think somebody high up should be looking into it and get compensation for us.”

Sonia, 70, seen out shopping earlier this month, has been asked about the estate but replied simply: “No comment.”

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She was named as Sutcliffe’s next of kin and she still stays in their marital home in Bradford, despite having remarried.

Neil’s mother Emily Jackson was 42 when Sutcliffe hit her with a hammer and stabbed her 52 times in Leeds in 1976.

Reports claimed he had approached her in the street after she left her husband in a pub to earn as a sex worker.

Builder Neil, now a grandad, added of Sonia: “I’m glad she can enjoy the shops, many of his victims have spent a lifetime struggling for money.

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"I have had to work seven days a week sometimes just to put food on my table.”

He added of finding his mother had been a sex worker: “It was very hurtful when I found out. I’m led to believe they were struggling for money. It affected my relationship with my dad.

“I pass the spot where she was killed in Roundhay in Leeds, quite a lot and the hairs go up on the back of my head. It’s derelict now.”

But Neil remembers his mum as a “wonderful” woman, adding: “If you’d ask anyone she’d give you the last sweet she had.”

Sutclifffe died last year aged 74. In 1981 he was convicted of the murders of 13 women.

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