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The Yorkshire Ripper Case


This is perhaps one of the most infamous and publicized cases of serial killing in the U.K., during the last century.
It has attracted so much publicity and so many books have been published about the man known as the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, that there is little need to enter into a lengthy dialogue about this case.
'Cracknell's involvement came about as a result of the murder of a young woman student - which, although committed by the Yorkshire Ripper deviated from his normal modus operandi inasmuch as, prior to that the majority of his victims had been prostitutes. It was the murder of the young student which confirmed that the Ripper did indeed come from Bradford.'
Cracknell had been invited by THE DAILY MIRROR to give any information he could on this case. He stated categorically that the murderer lived in Bradford, Yorkshire.
This was contrary to current official Police opinion. Having never visited the area, Cracknell, from his own home, gave the reporter details of the route - with prominent landmarks - which he felt would lead to the Ripper's address.

This information was duly published, and THE YORKSHIRE POST, a local newspaper covering that area, responded by confirming that the landmarks Cracknell had psychically described did exist. Subsequently, Cracknell was engaged by the newspaper to travel to Bradford and was driven by car around the area. Without any prompting, he directed the driver past all the landmarks he had previously described - until eventually they had left the built-up area of Bradford and finally arrived at a T-junction. Cracknell was then asked the most important question - 'Which way do we go now?' He chose left. As a result the car ended up in a desolate area. Cracknell was unable to come up with anything else, other than that he knew the Ripper lived close by.
After the arrest of Peter Sutcliffe, it became quite clear that had Cracknell chosen to turn right, instead of left, they would have located the murder's home - which was a few hundred meters further down the road.
By this time, Cracknell's involvement had become public knowledge.


The Police, desperate for any form of information, acknowledged that hundreds of psychics had told them of their feelings, and were desperately seeking any leads. But they were not convinced that the killer lived in the Bradford area.
Cracknell had been privileged to interview the parents of the murdered student, Barbara Leach, and had spent some time alone in her bedroom. He also visited the public house where she worked on a temporary basis, as a barmaid. This time he was accompanied by his old friend, Kevin McClure (of Oxford University fame) and stated, "I believe I have just sat on the same seat where the Ripper sat - on the night he followed the girl and brutally murdered her! He is definitely a local man."

Some time elapsed. Following the strange, erratic behavior of the Ripper no further murders took place.  
At a dinner with his publishers, to discuss the launch of his forthcoming autobiography, CLUES TO THE UNKNOWN, the renowned author Colin Wilson was also present. The discussion led to the case of the Yorkshire Ripper and the fact that, for the past eighteen months, there had been no developments or further murders. Again, in his inimitable style, Cracknell declared, "He will murder again, very soon. And that will be the final one! His arrest will be unusual, inasmuch as the Police will not know who they have. It will come about as a result of a normal traffic police enquiry about a car."


Colin Wilson was of the opinion such a statement should be recorded with the Society of Psychic Research - and arranged for this to be done. A short while later, the Ripper did indeed strike again. Events then took a strange turn. Cracknell was down in the West Country, at Colin Wilson's home, when he received a telephone call telling him to listen to the news. The Ripper had finally been arrested - exactly as he had predicted.
A traffic policeman had noticed Sutcliffe's car parked in a dark street, with a man and woman sitting inside. He became suspicious of the number-plate and approached the car. 'The police were aware that the woman with Sutcliffe was a prostitute, but as she wasn't an integral part of their enquiry they let her go. However, they detained Sutcliffe on suspicion of driving a car with a suspected false number-plate. On being taken to the police station, Sutcliffe made a statement to the effect: 'you don't know whom you've arrested. You've finally done it. I am the Ripper.
Once again, Cracknell proved to be 100% correct.

Left: Robert Cracknell outside the home of Peter Sutcliffe

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