YORKSHIRE Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was cremated today – with a victim’s son saying he hopes he burns in hell.
Depraved killer Sutcliffe’s funeral – believed to have been arranged by his ex-wife Sonia, 70 – took place in a top secret ceremony to avoid a public backlash.
Family and friends of the serial killer were barred from the service, which was carried out in accordance with Sutcliffe’s supposed Jehovah’s Witness beliefs.
It was due to be streamed on video conferencing app Zoom – but that was cancelled at the last minute, leaving his supporters also unable to ‘attend’ virtually.
But, sickeningly, the fiend’s body was surrounded by bouquets of flowers as he met his maker while music was played at the short ceremony.
And readings from relatives – including his younger brother Mick, 70 – are understood to have been read out at the hush-hush funeral.
The service marks the final act in the vile life of Britain’s most notorious serial killer, who murdered 13 women and attempted to kill seven more from 1975 to 1980.
Sutcliffe – diabetic, overweight and with heart problems – died alone aged 74 on Friday 13th with Covid after refusing treatment for the disease when he fell ill.
Builder Neil Jackson, 62 of Leeds – whose mother Emily, 42, was Sutcliffe’s second victim in 1976 – said: “I hope he burns in hell and I am sure he will.
“But he should have been hanging from a rope 40-odd years ago when he was caught.
“And I hope the public is not paying for it, because if we are his ashes should just be sent down the tip.
“He had enough money and attention lavished on him during his life.
“It sickens me that people sent flowers and wanted to attend and I don’t think it should have been allowed.
“But I am glad he’s gone.”
And a source who knew Sutcliffe, said: “This has been done incredibly secretively and with no notice at all.
“And it has left some of his friends and family – especially Mick – really upset that they couldn’t attend.
“People thought they would be able to at least see it screened on Zoom, to say goodbye.
“While Peter was a vicious killer, he did still have family and some friends who wanted to pay their respects and say goodbye.
“His family think that was Sonia’s doing, and she didn’t want it on Zoom or for people to go so it could remain secret and none of it would be on camera.”
Sutcliffe was married to Sonia at the time of his killings, which saw him stalk and attack lone women at night in savage and cowardly attacks in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.
They finally divorced in 1994 and she re-married three years later – but kept in touch with Sutcliffe. She was listed as his next of kin on official forms.
The Ripper was also pals with a funeral director, David Holmes, who had offered him a free funeral. But he did not end up arranging the service although he is thought to have helped with arrangements.
It was held in line with Jehovah’s Witness customs, after Sutcliffe converted to the religion while held at high-security Broadmoor Hospital from 1984 to 2016.
Such ceremonies stress there is “hope” for the dead and encourage modest “non showy” send-offs.
Family and friends were given details of a florist and allowed to send bouquets.
We told last two weeks ago how week how Sutcliffe – held at Frankland Prison, before dying at the University Hospital of North Durham – made desperate attempts to contact Sonia in the run-up to his death.
The monster – who was handed 20 life terms at the Old Bailey in May 1981 – phoned his brother Mick once a week.
He also had a network of pals – including people he served time with and the undertaker pal – as well as ghoulish supporters.
Sutcliffe was allowed to practise his religion in prison and in Broadmoor high-security Hospital, where he spent 32 years. Jehovah’s Witness funerals take place as soon as possible after death and avoid “showy displays” and stress the hope of resurrection.
The serial killer wanted to be buried, but he will be cremated to avoid a grave being targeted.
It is unclear what has happened to his ashes.
His brother Mick said yesterday: “I know about this but don’t want to say anything.”
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