The Yorkshire Ripper’s ex-wife of 20 years still lives in the house she shared with the serial killer even though she divorced him and remarried.
The 68-year-old even continued to visit her murderous ex up until two years ago.
Sonia Sutcliffe first met the 20-year-old future killer at a pub disco when she was just 16 years old. He was a calming influence on the teenager, who had been treated for schizophrenia.
She married Sutcliffe in 1974 – a year before his first killing.
It was said that Sonia was a domineering force in the marriage, willing to slap Peter down “like a naughty schoolboy” and often silencing him with a hissed “Peter!”
The serial killer evaded capture for seven years, but was finally arrested by police in 1981.
Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more between 1975 and 1980.
When Sonia visited him at the police station, he reportedly told her: “It’s me. I’m the Yorkshire Ripper. I killed all of those women.”
He was sentenced to 20 life terms in 1981 for the 13 murders and seven attempted murders.
Despite these horrifying crimes, Sonia remained married to the Yorkshire Ripper for 13 years after he was jailed.
She eventually divorced him in 1994 and married Michael Woodward three years later.
But she continued to visit the serial killer in prison.
She told the Sunday People: “I feel compassion for him.”
It was reported that Sutcliffe created an Elvis Presley statue for his ex-wife during one of his weekly ceramic sessions.
To this day, Sonia has remained in the property they shared in Bradford, which the couple first bought for £16,000 in 1977.
Her new husband Michael has reportedly refused to move in to that home and instead lives alone in a flat 15 minutes away.
Sonia’s sister Marianne said: “He’s [Sutcliffe] the only man in the world for her and always will be.”
Last year, Sutcliffe was said to be “furious” that Sonia had not visited him in two years and blamed her new husband.
The Ripper said: “I have been ringing Sonia but Michael tells her off if I speak to her or leave messages.
“He acts like a spoilt brat and should get over his jealousy and accept we are friends.”
The Ripper, 73, is now in Frankland Prison, Co Durham, and is now blind.