Britain: How Say You?

A confessed killer answers

"I don't want to miss this. This is one I for the history books," said a woman who waited all night outside London's Central Criminal Court. The attraction for curiosity seekers was Peter Sutcliffe, 34, a softspoken, bearded truck driver from the West Yorkshire mill town of Bradford, who seemed an unlikely focus for the notoriety surrounding the "Yorkshire Ripper" murder cases.

Even though the historic Old Bailey has echoed in the past to the oaths of rogues like Captain James Kidd, the pirate, and the epigrams of...

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