Serial killers

Yorkshire’s most shocking serial killers

Yorkshire has a multitude of notorious serial killers, with some of the UK’s most prolific murderers either hailing from Yorkshire or committing their horrific crimes in the county.

These are some of Yorkshire most shocking serial killers - and the crimes they commited.

Harold Shipman was a medical student at Leeds University and later worked in Pontefract and Todmorden. The GP was found guilty of the murder of 15 patients and sentenced to life imprisonment.

1. Harold Shipman

Harold Shipman was a medical student at Leeds University and later worked in Pontefract and Todmorden. The GP was found guilty of the murder of 15 patients and sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Serial arsonist Bruce Lee, born Peter Dinsdale, confessed to a total of 11 acts of arson and was convicted of 26 counts of manslaughter, 11 of which were overturned on appeal. Lee was imprisoned for life in 1981.

2. Bruce Lee (born Peter Dinsdale)

Serial arsonist Bruce Lee, born Peter Dinsdale, confessed to a total of 11 acts of arson and was convicted of 26 counts of manslaughter, 11 of which were overturned on appeal. Lee was imprisoned for life in 1981.
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Peter Sutcliffe is perhaps the most infamous British serial killer of the 20th century. In 1981, Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others and sentenced to 20 concurrent life sentences.

3. Yorkshire Ripper - Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe is perhaps the most infamous British serial killer of the 20th century. In 1981, Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others and sentenced to 20 concurrent life sentences.
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Known as the Crossbow cannibal, Stephen Griffiths murdered three sex workers in Bradford in 2009 and 2010. Susan Rushworth, 43, Shelley Armitage, 31, and Suzanne Blamires, 36, were all shot in the head with a crossbow.

4. 'Crossbow cannibal' Stephen Griffiths

Known as the Crossbow cannibal, Stephen Griffiths murdered three sex workers in Bradford in 2009 and 2010. Susan Rushworth, 43, Shelley Armitage, 31, and Suzanne Blamires, 36, were all shot in the head with a crossbow.
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