Peter Sutcliffe To Remain In Prison

Peter William Sutcliffe, better known as ‘The Yorkshire Ripper‘, whose great grandfather Edward Coonan came from Tipperary in Ireland and who was jailed in 1981 for the murders of 13 women, will live out his life behind bars.

The British High Court has now ruled that the infamous serial killer will never be released despite having served 29 of his 30-year sentence. The courts believe that he remains a menace to society.


Just last year Peter Sutcliffe changed his name to Peter Coonan, in an effort to show off his Tipperary roots. Aged 63, Sutcliffe has now served 28 years of a 30 year imposed sentence and is eligible for parole next year. At the time, British police thought the Yorkshire Ripper was Irish because several of his targeted victims who escaped stated he spoke with an Irish accent. It was because of this claim that several Irish men were actually arrested in England during the manhunt in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Irish TV presenter Garry MacDonncha who investigated the allegations as part of a documentary for RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster, stated:
“Sutcliffe’s great grandfather, Edward Coonan… came over from Tipperary in the 1860s. We did track down his branch of the Coonans to around Ardcroney and Cloughjordan in Tipperary.”


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