Handwritten Yorkshire Ripper Letters go on Sale

Handwritten letters from Peter SutcliffeA set of handwritten letters by one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers is on sale.

The letters are part of correspondence between the “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe and poet Sandra Lester which took place between 1993 and 1999. They include Sutcliffe’s sketches, poems, jokes and reflections.

“These collections of letters are unique and compelling: revealing an insightful, intuitive, and confessional side of Sutcliffe that might have remained unknown if not for the revelation of the contents of them,” Sandra Lester says. “The letters also demonstrate how The Ripper manipulates his female correspondents.”

Sandra Lester has written five poetry collections that include Candy Cotton Kid and the Faustian Wolf (Q.Q. Press, 2001) and Helkappe (Q.Q. Press, 2005). In 2006, she published The Ripper Unmasked: Confessions from Sutcliffe to a Hypnotist (Samzidat Press) which presents an account of her seven-year relationship with Peter Sutcliffe.

“The most difficult aspect of writing The Ripper Unmasked was re-living the experiences of the relationship I had with Sutcliffe and confronting how it affected me,” she said in an earlier interview.

For more details on the letters, please contact Sandra Lester.

See also Sandra Lester’s blog entry, 122 handwritten letters from Peter Sutcliffe for sale.

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