NEW CLAIMS OF YORKSHIRE
|JAILED | Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering
A taxi-driver who may have been the Yorkshire Ripper's
first victim talks exclusively to Inside Out.
He believes Peter Sutcliffe wrecked his life.
John Tomey suffered serious head injuries 36 years ago
after being attacked on the moors near Bingley by a man with a ball pein
hammer. This is the same kind of weapon used by Peter Sutcliffe during
his attacks on women a decade later.
This horrific assault happened nearly ten years earlier
than the murders and violent attacks on women of which Sutcliffe was convicted.
Tomey suffered brain damage from the attack|
John, who is now 62 years old, tells how he picked up
a passenger fitting Peter Sutcliffe's description in March 1967.
His passenger attacked him with a hammer on a lonely
moorland road outside Oxenhope. He says;
"It felt as if my brain was exploding from the
inside. He ruined my life. I'm sure it was him."
John’s managed to lock his attacker outside of his car
and escape. But not before his attacker smashed up his car with the hammer.
John later picked out Sutcliffe from a collection of
police mugshots, but no action has ever been taken against the Ripper
in connection with the case.
|Peter Sutcliffe facts|
Peter Sutcliffe was arrested on 3 January 1981.
He was later convicted of murdering 13 women between
1975 and 1980.
Many of his victims were prostitutes who he attacked
with a hammer.
Sutcliffe was jailed for life at the Old Bailey,
with the judge recommending a minimum sentence of thirty years.
In 1997, Peter Sutcliffe was stabbed whilst in
John is not the only male attack victim who has been
linked to Peter Sutcliffe.
Bingley bookmaker, Fred Craven was found dead at his
office in the town centre in April, 1966. He had been battered over the
head with a blunt weapon.
The killer, who is thought to have had local knowledge,
murdered his victim and escaped with £200.
Fred and his daughter lived only 100 yards from Peter
Sutcliffe. They were neighbours. Peter Sutcliffe knew Fred was a bookie
and where he worked.
A young suspect was seen nearby wearing a distinctive
cap. It has now been established that the teenage Peter Sutcliffe had
a similar cap. It was the style made fashionable by 1960s folk singer
Fred Craven’s murder remains unsolved.
Craven was murdered in 1966|
Michael Bilton is the author of Wicked Beyond Belief,
a new book about the Ripper cases.
He says, "I believe Sutcliffe has lied and lied again
about his involvement in other cases."
Michael says evidence about Sutcliffe's involvement in
earlier violent crime against male victims destroys his defence at his
trial that he followed a voice from God telling him only to attack women. Michael says;
"I believe Sutcliffe shouldn't be in Broadmoor,
where he has a comparatively comfortable time, but in a maximum security
prison where he should stay for the rest of his life."
Whether or not Peter Sutcliffe is ever transferred to
a prison, John Tomey’s terrifying memories of the attack will never die.