Son of Yorkshire Ripper victim says mum would be ‘over the moon’ at killer’s death

Neil Jackson said his mum would be ‘over the moon’ that her killer had died (Image: SWNS)

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The son of the Yorkshire Ripper's second victim has said his mum would be "over the moon" at news of the killer's death.

Neil Jackson's mother Emily Jackson was 42 when she was stabbed 52 times by Peter Sutcliffe in 1976.

Today Neil, 62, said he was "relieved" Sutcliffe was finally dead but that the news had been a "long time coming".

He said: "When I heard he was dead I said 'thank f*** for that, it's about bloody time'.

"I have thought time and time again over the years that one day I will wake up and he will finally be gone – today is that day.

"I feel a great sense of relief more than anything, I'm glad he's dead there's no doubt about that.

Emily Jackson was stabbed 52 times by the Yorkshire Ripper in 1976
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"But I think he should have been killed a long time ago, he'd have been hanged if I'd had it my way.

"It riled me to think of him swanning around in prison, being looked and after and fed and all – he didn't deserve that kind of treatment.

"I've often had to work seven days a week to put food on the table and there he is being waited on hand and foot like he's at Butlins.

"The world is a better place without him. It's been a long time coming."

Neil, a dad and granddad-of-one, was 17 when his mum was murdered on January 20, 1976.

Just weeks earlier, due to financial strains and with her husband's blessing, Emily had begun working as a prostitute.

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She was working in Leeds when she was attacked by Sutcliffe, who hit her with a hammer before dragging her body to a yard and stabbing her in the neck, chest and stomach with a screwdriver.

He then stamped on Emily's leg so hard it left a boot print.

Neil, a builder, said following the killing he and his younger siblings, Christopher who was ten and Angela who was five, were sent to live with different families.

Speaking today (Fri) he said: "Even though Sutcliffe is gone, he did split my family apart and that lives on.

Sutcliffe killed at least 13 women – pictured are (top) Wilma McCann, Emily Jackson, Irene Richardson, Patricia Atkinson; (middle row) Jayne McDonald, Jean Jordan, Yvonne Pearson, Helen Rytka; (bottom) Vera Millward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach, Jacqueline Hill
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"It weighs on me every day of my life, still now.

"I keep this picture of my mum hanging on the wall all the time and I talk to her every day.

"When I found out Sutcliffe was dead this morning I told my mum and if she can hear me or is looking down I know she'll be over the moon."

Neil said that if his mum were alive today she would have one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Evil Peter Sutcliffe murdered at least 13 women between 1975 and 1980
(Image: SWNS)

He added: "It really upsets me that my mum can't be here to see them, she would have been very proud.

"She was such a joyful woman who would have done anything for anyone, she would have loved the grandkids."

The son of the ripper's third victim Irene Richardson today (Fri) expressed his relief that the "piece of s***" had died.

Geoff Beattie, 51, was adopted as a baby and only found out his mum was brutally murdered by Sutcliffe when he was 35 and researching his family's medical history.

Ms Richardson, 28, was working as a prostitute in Leeds at the time of her murder in February 1977.

Speaking from his home in Ulverston, Cumbria, Geoff said he hated Sutcliffe because his interaction with Irene meant he never got to meet his biological mum.

And he said he hoped the murderer's death would bring "closure" to relatives of his 13 victims.

He added: "It's about time. It's an appropriate date for it too. I hadn't realised that he was poorly, so it came out of the blue really this morning when I saw.

"But I felt relief and more closure than I was expecting. When I found out about my mum, it was strange because I'd heard of him before I knew who my mum was.

"I had a hatred for him. I thought 'that b*stard had contact with my mum, which was more than I ever had'.

"And because of his interaction with her, it meant that I never got to meet her."

"Because I was older when I found out, I always thought other families had been carrying it around with them for longer, so hopefully they have that same sense of relief.

"Whenever you see him pop up on the news, it brings it all up again and it is painful.

"Hopefully his death puts an end to that and we can put that chapter to rest.

"I guess that's the biggest thing, that this is all gone and finished now."

Geoff, a care assistant, was just seven when his mother died, but was blissfully unaware because he had started a new life with his adoptive parents.

He was put up for adoption as a baby and was shocked to discover the grim truth about his biological mum 16 years ago.

He added: "I was trying to find my birth mum and the children's services had a file on her.

"It said that she was killed in 1977 and that her husband at the time was the prime suspect at first.

"There were pictures of mum in the file and I think somebody put them in there in case I ever wanted to know the truth."