Britain: Hang Him!

Ripper suspect controversy

In the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield on Jan. 2, two vice squad officers were making a routine night check in the red-light district when they came across a parked car with a couple huddled inside.

Running a computer search on the car's license plates, the officers discovered that the tags had been reported stolen. The police quietly arrested the driver, whose name was Peter Sutcliffe, 35, a truck driver from the West Yorkshire mill town of Bradford. Three days later, nearly all of Britain knew of Sutcliffe: he was widely...

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