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Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe wanted to be cremated and his ex-wife to scatter his ashes in Paris.
Britain's most notorious killer of the 20th century honeymooned in the French capital in 1974 with then-wife Sonia Woodward, just months before his first recognised victim was murdered.
Despite divorcing in 1994, Mrs Woodward remained Sutcliffe's next of kin and holds the legal right to arrange a funeral, said his younger brother Carl, 61, who has has "washed his hands" of his sibling and has no plans to attend a ceremony.
Mrs Woodward, who remarried in 1997, is also expected to inherit her former husband’s possessions.
Sutcliffe, 74, died at the University Hospital of North Durham just after 1am on Friday after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
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The serial killer, who murdered at least 13 women from all walks of life, had been in deteriorating health for months, suffering from underlying conditions including diabetes, heart trouble and obesity.
It is said that he refused medical treatment for the virus.
Carl said he expects it will be Mrs Woodward who arranges the funeral.
But Sutcliffe's other brother, Michael, 70, disputed the claim. He told the Daily Mail: "It has nowt to do with her. She isn’t his wife any more, is she?"
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Carl Sutcliffe (pictured in 2004) says he has no plans to attend a funeral for his brother
Michael was the only sibling still in regular contact with Sutcliffe, speaking weekly by phone.
Carl told the Mirror that Sutcliffe remained totally obsessed and “in love” with his ex-wife, even after he was locked up and she had moved on and remarried.
When Sonia’s mother died, Sutcliffe asked Carl to attend the funeral as his representative. Carl tells how when he went back to Sonia and Sutcliffe’s former marital home for the wake, he was shown a room full of bizarre artwork.
Carl said: "Sonia said to me, ‘Oooh, come and see this room’. She took me upstairs and there’s a room full of paintings Peter had done. One with their heads on.
"Peter’s head was on top of a soldier and she was a woman in full dress. They were battle scenes some of them, Battle of Waterloo, that sort of period.
"If you looked Sonia’s head was on one of them and Peter’s on the other.
"He used to love to paint."
Mrs Woodward never sold their marital home in Manningham, Bradford, despite not living there.
Sutcliffe was serving a whole-life tariff for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and the North West
The serial killed had been transferred to hospital from HMP Frankland in County Durham
The house they bought in 1977 for £16,000 is now worth around £250,000 but, should she sell it, Sutcliffe’s share could go to benefit the victims’ families.
Mrs Woodward returns to the semi-detached house to quietly tend the garden.
Sutcliffe was serving a whole-life tariff for murdering 13 women across Yorkshire and the North West between 1975 and 1980, and had brutally attacked at least seven more, who survived.
Born in Bingley, West Yorkshire, in 1946, Sutcliffe left school aged 15 and worked in menial jobs before becoming a grave digger.
He began his killing spree in 1975 and avoided detection for years due to a series of missed opportunities by police to snare him.
He eventually confessed in 1981 after he was caught in Sheffield.
Despite his 24-hour-long confession to the killings, Sutcliffe denied the murders when he appeared in court.
In May 1981, he was jailed for 20 life terms at the Old Bailey, with the judge recommending a minimum sentence of 30 years.
He was transferred from Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight to Broadmoor secure hospital in Berkshire in 1984, after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
In 2010, he was told he would never be released, and was later deemed fit enough to be treated as an inmate and was returned to maximum security prison.
Yorkshire Ripper's 13 victims
Twelve of the Yorkshire Ripper's 13 murder victims
– Wilma McCann, 28, from Chapeltown, Leeds. Killed on October 30, 1975.
The mother-of-four had been out drinking before Sutcliffe picked her up in his Ford Capri.
He later told police she asked if he wanted "business" before he drove them to playing fields near her home, where he murdered her.
Her son Richard McCann, just five at the time of her murder, has become a motivational speaker and gives talks about overcoming adversity.
– Emily Jackson, 42, a mother-of-three from Morley, Leeds. Killed on January 20, 1976.
The month before, according to reports, she and her husband Sydney had agreed she would start doing sex work due to the financial pressures they faced.
Sutcliffe picked her up outside the Gaiety pub in Roundhay where her husband was drinking inside.
He drove about half a mile to the Manor Industrial Estate where he murdered her with a hammer.
Hearing of Sutcliffe's death, her son Neil Jackson told YorkshireLive: "Thank f*** for that."
– Irene Richardson, 28, a mother-of-two from Chapeltown, Leeds. Killed on February 5, 1977.
The Glasgow-born victim was living in a bed and breakfast in Leeds's red light district when she was picked up by the Ripper close to the Gaiety pub.
He drove to Roundhay Park, close to where he had previously attacked a woman who survived, and attacked her with a hammer after she got out of the car to urinate. He ripped her clothes and stabbed her in the abdomen and neck.
– Patricia Atkinson, 32, a mother-of-three from Manningham, Bradford. Killed on April 23, 1977.
The divorcee, known as Tina, had been out in local pubs when Sutcliffe picked her up while kerb crawling.
He went back to her flat where he savagely attacked her.
He left a crucial piece of evidence at the scene – police retrieved a print of his size seven boot. It was the same as he left at the scene of Emily Jackson's murder.
A clairvoyant (centre) with detectives at the scene of Jayne McDonald's murder
– Jayne MacDonald, 16, a shop assistant from Leeds. Killed on June 26, 1977.
The Bay City Rollers fan was his youngest murder victim, although he did attack a 14-year-old who survived.
Ms MacDonald's murder sparked a huge public outcry and an increase in publicity that a serial killer was on the loose.
She had been on a night out in Leeds and was walking home after she missed the last bus when Sutcliffe pounced.
Her body was found in a children's playground in Chapeltown.
Police were to describe her as a "respectable young girl" who was attacked by chance.
Relatives were to later object to the police classifying victims as prostitutes and non-prostitutes.
– Jean Jordan, 20, from Manchester. Killed between September 30 and October 11 1977.
The Scottish-born sex worker was the Ripper's first victim outside Yorkshire.
He crossed the Pennines to pick her up from a red light district in Moss Side where she was living.
He paid her £5 for sex and that banknote was another key piece of evidence he left at a crime scene.
He attacked Ms Jordan by allotments with his hammer and hid her body.
It was only later he remembered that he had left the new note on her body, and returned to the crime scene the following weekend, becoming enraged when he could not find the cash, and mutilated her corpse further.
The police found the note in her handbag some time later and were able to identify from its serial number that it had been paid in a batch of pay packets days before the murder.
Police dig outside the Ripper's house in January 1981
(Image: Simon Wilkinson/REX/Shutterstock)
– Yvonne Pearson, 21, from Bradford. Murdered between January 20 and March 26 1978.
Sutcliffe murdered the mother-of-two near the mill where his father worked after he picked her up in Bradford.
He was disturbed by another motorist during his deadly attack and had to hide her, still alive, before the car drove off.
It was some weeks before she was discovered as it was wrongly thought she had gone to ground to avoid an upcoming court case.
– Helen Rytka, 18, from Huddersfield. Murdered on January 31, 1978.
The twin's murder showed police that Sutcliffe had widened his range from just the large red light districts of Leeds, Bradford and Manchester.
He attacked Ms Rytka after picking her up and driving to a nearby timber yard.
He hit her with a hammer close to two unsuspecting taxi drivers, had sex with her, then fatally stabbed her before leaving her body behind a stack of wood.
Detectives at the scene where the body of Vera Millward was found
– Vera Millward, 40, a mother-of-seven from Manchester. Killed on May 16 1978.
Sutcliffe picked up the frail sex worker from Hulme and drove her to a secluded area of the Manchester Royal Infirmary car park where he attacked her with his hammer.
Ms Millward tried to fight him off and a man was later to tell police he heard a woman scream three times.
Her body was dumped near a fence and was discovered by gardeners the next morning.
– Josephine Whitaker, 19, a building society worker from Halifax. Killed on April 4, 1979.
With police closely monitoring red light districts across the North, Sutcliffe began to indiscriminately attack women wherever he could.
He was cruising in Halifax when he came across Ms Whittaker while she walked home from visiting her grandparents.
He followed her on foot and attacked her in Savile Park with his hammer and a sharpened screw driver.
– Barbara Leach, 20, a student. Murdered while walking in Bradford on September 1, 1979.
The third year social psychology student had been out with friends at a pub near the city centre when she decided to go for a late night walk.
Sutcliffe had been driving around when he spotted her and attacked her after she walked past his parked car.
He hit her over the head with a hammer then dragged her into a backyard, hiding her body under a piece of carpet.
She was just 200 yards from where she had left her friends.
Marguerite Walls was the 12th woman to be murdered by Sutcliffe
– Marguerite Walls, 47, a civil servant from Leeds. Murdered on August 20, 1980.
She had worked late at the Department of Education and Science office in Pudsey because she was about to go on holiday when she was attacked as she walked home.
Sutcliffe spotted her as he was driving, parked up and lay in wait.
He hit her with a hammer than strangled her with a rope, leading police to initially believe that this was not a Yorkshire Ripper murder.
– Jacqueline Hill, 20, a student. Killed in Headingley on November 17, 1980.
The Middlesbrough-born final victim was in her final year of an English degree and had attended a probation officer's seminar on the night she was murdered.
Sutcliffe was in the area after eating a Kentucky Fried Chicken meal and picked his victim by chance after seeing her walking along the pavement.
After hitting her with his hammer, he dragged her off the road then attacked her with a screwdriver, almost being spotted by a motorist before he escaped.