1. The Yorkshire Ripper
In 1974, Peter Sutcliffe married Sonia Szurma, and they lived in Bradford, West Yorkshire, until his arrest in 1981. A few years before they married, Sutcliffe had assaulted a prostitute with a stone in a sock.
When he was arrested, he told the police, “I got out of the car, went across the road and hit her. The force of the impact tore the toe off the sock and whatever was in it came out. I went back to the car and got in it.” Despite this serious act of violence, Sutcliffe was not charged as the woman didn’t want to take it any further.
Sutcliffe’s killing spree began in 1975, a year after he was married. He murdered 13 women and attempted to murder seven others over the space of five years. The killings terrified those who lived in the area, and women were warned to be on guard at night as “The Yorkshire Ripper” was on the loose. Not even his wife knew what a monster he really turned into at night.