One of Peter Sutcliffe’s real victims is watching a television crew film a drama of the Yorkshire Ripper on the street where she lives.
- 66-year-old Marcella Claxton survived a vicious attack by Sutcliffe in 1976, when she was 20
- The ripper hit her on the head. Mrs. Claxton lost a child and she needed brain surgery
- Today, she watched as the ITV group filmed a new drama about Sutcliffe’s murders
- Neighbor: “Imagine you’re going for a walk and a movie is being made about your attacker.”
The victim of Yorkshire raider Peter Sutcliffe, who killed 13 women during a five-year murder, watched as a television crew filmed a drama about him on their street in Leeds.
Marcella Claxton, 66, survived a brutal Sutcliffe ambush on her way home from a May 1976 home party. She was only 20 years old.
Sutcliffe hit Ms. Claxton on the head, taking her for a sex worker.
Left: Ms. Claxton watches ITV film a drama about the Yorkshire Ripper on her street in Leeds. Right: 66-year-old Sutcliffe, a survivor, meets a security guard near the set
Marcella Claxton (pictured young) survived a horrific attack by Peter Sutcliffe (right) five years before he was caught
She lost a child who was four months old and needed brain surgery.
Mrs. Claxton also required more than 50 stitches, Mirror reported.
Sutcliffe killed 13 women and tried to kill seven more during a five-year series of murders from 1975 to 1980.
Locals in Chepeltown in the northeast were surprised that the film crew was filming so close to Mrs. Claxton’s house.
Actors in costumes film the upcoming ITV drama in Chapeltown in northeast Leeds
Claxton looks torn when the band shoots a future series on its streets in Leeds earlier
Mercy Brown, a 48-year-old neighbor, said: “Imagine walking through the streets where you live and seeing a film about your attacker’s crimes.”
Cohabitant Winston Campbell, 58, said: “Seeing the actors, I went back to those days. These were very scary times.
“I hope they will do justice to the victims and treat them with respect.”
Former actress Corey and Night Manager star Catherine Kelly starred in the ITV series.
It is reported that some of the victims of the famous killer and their families collaborated in creating the show.
Ms. Claxton, who continues to suffer from headaches and dizziness nearly 50 years after the assassination attempt, said after the Death of the Ripper in 2020: “I am happy he is gone.
Actress Charlie Webb (in police uniform) starred in the series. In the photo, she is talking to a crew member and an extra who plays a sex worker
Charlie Webb played Debbie Dingle in the Emmerdale series from 2002 to 2021
– At least now I can finish the job.
ITV commissioned the drama after the success of the real crime shows “Death and the White House Farm.”
The Yorkshire Ripper was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1981, and in 2010 the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
During the five-year investigation, police questioned him at least nine times.
Twelve of Sutcliffe’s 13 victims. Top row (left to right): Wilma McCann, Emily Jackson, Irene Richardson and Patricia Atkinson. Middle row: Jane MacDonald, Gene Jordan, Yvonne Pearson and Helen Rytka. Bottom rows: Vera Milward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach and Jacqueline Hill
Chapeltown, Leeds, was chosen to host the series because it has houses corresponding to the period
He often used the services of sex workers in Leeds and Bradford, targeting them.
In 1981, Sutcliffe was crushed by Sheffield police for driving with fake license plates.
At that moment, he confessed to the murders – and claimed that the voice of God had commanded him to commit them.
He died of Kovid in prison in November 2020 at the age of 74.
Catherine Kenny plays Emily Jackson, the second victim of Sutcliffe’s murder, in the new ITV series
Yorkshire police are looking for Wilma McCann, the first victim of the Ripper, in 1975