Yorkshire Ripper could have funeral paid for by friend who had ‘taken pity on him’

Peter Sutcliffe’s friend took pity on him for possibly not being able to pay for his own funeral (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

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The Yorkshire Ripper could have his funeral paid for by a friend who had taken pity on him prior to his death.

It's reported a pal of the convicted murderer will be picking up the tab after discovering he might not be able to cover the cost of his own funeral.

Peter Sutcliffe is reportedly set to be buried and not cremated and he wanted his grave to be near his hometown of Bingley, West Yorks.

He had intended to change his name by deed poll to his mother's maiden name of Coonan so he could have anonymity but he failed to do it, reports say.

Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe had planned to change his surname to his mother's maiden name by deed poll so he could be anonymous
(Image: Ian Whittaker)

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A source told the Sun on Sunday: “One of Sutcliffe’s friends who visited him was a funeral director.

"He offered him the funeral years ago when Sutcliffe ran out of money and that offer still stands.

“Sutcliffe wanted to ‘go home’ to be buried but that is close to where attacks were carried out and would stir up local anger.

"But he also planned to change his name so no one recognised his headstone. His illness and death were so quick he never got round to doing it.”

12 of Sutcliffe's 13 victims. Top row (left to right) Wilma McCann, Emily Jackson, Irene Richardson, Patricia Atkinson, Jayne McDonald and Jean Jordan. Bottom row: Yvonne Pearson, Helen Rytka, Vera Millward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach and Jacqueline Hill
(Image: PA)

But as we reported on Saturday, taxpayers could be left footing the funeral costs up to £3,000.

Under a Prison Service directive, prisons "must offer" to pay a contribution towards "reasonable" funeral expenses for inmates who die in custody.

Reasonable expenses include the cost of a coffin, burial or cremation, hearse, and funeral fees.

However the money cannot be used to pay for a headstone, flowers, wake or an obituary notice.

The Yorkshire Ripper – who killed at least 13 women and attacked many more – died on Friday after being stricken by coronavirus following a heart attack.

We can reveal the 74-year-old spoke briefly while gasping for air as he was taken to hospital five days earlier.

The self-pitying beast moaned: “I’m not going to make it, I won’t be returning, I’m sorry, I’m ready to go.”

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