Yorkshire Ripper’s secret lover he called his ‘darling girl’ and sent teddies

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The Yorkshire Ripper is said to have had a secret lover he called his ‘darling girl’ who he tried to send letters from behind bars.

Peter Sutcliffe, who died in hospital of coronavirus today aged 74, was banned by prison staff from sending romantic notes to the mystery woman.

He urgently tried to contact the woman all summer and asked a penpal to pass on a message, according to reports.

The woman is said to have confessed her love for Sutcliffe, who was jailed in 1981 for murdering 13 women and trying to kill seven more.

But the letters were sent back to his cell in HMP Frankland, County Durham – dubbed ‘Monster Mansion’ because of its notorious inmates.

Sutcliffe died in the early hours of this morning in hospital after refusing any treatment for Covid-19.

His lungs collapsed at 1:10am.

Sutcliffe broke up with Krystal Smith, his American cheerleader girlfriend, last year, MailOnline reported.

She was 28 when he dumped her and he told her to find someone younger, it is claimed.

He is said to have then tried to get back in touch with the secret lover, who he said he had known for more than six years.

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The serial killer sent letters to a pen pal during the summer pleading to pass a message on to her.

And she also reportedly sent notes to the pen pal which give an insight into her relationship with the serial killer.

She claimed Sutcliffe would send Valentines Cards and teddy bears to her.

The woman added: “He even called me his darling girl and said on many letters: 'I love you.'

“He has had girlfriend after girlfriend and when it's gone wrong I have always been there and loyal for Pete.”

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In one note from July 6, Sutcliffe wrote to the pen pal: “As I'm not allowed to contact her anymore, I wondered if you might drop her a line to let her know my letters have been returned to me.

“These people haven't let her know.

“Tell her you've been my dear friend for the past 36 years.”

While in another, from July 13, he added: “I hope you manage to get a letter off to her as she will be puzzled and upset.”

Prison bosses previously stopped the Ripper contacting women to protect their mental health, amid claims many women create shrines to them.

Sutcliffe spent 40 years behind bars in Broadmoor Hospital and elsewhere following his killing spree between 1975 and 1980.

Former detectives believe Sutcliffe could be responsible for up to 22 further killings.

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