YORKSHIRE Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was obsessive about The Shawshank Redemption, unearthed letters have revealed.
The serial killer is claimed to have learn Stephen King’s jailbreak basic greater than 50 instances and dreamed of escaping, like its hero.
And in a chilling accident, the e book got here out in 1982, only a 12 months after Sutcliffe was jailed for all times for murdering at the very least 13 girls.
His heinous crimes within the 1970’s and 80’s made him one of many UK’s most infamous killers.
The hit movie model starred Tim Robbins as ingenious jailed banker Andy and Morgan Freeman as his buddy Purple and was launched in 1994.
In newly surfaced letters, serial killer Sutcliffe, who was held at Broadmoor Hospital, Berks, and Franklin jail, Co Durham, wrote to a pen pal: “My favorite e book is the Shawshank Redemption.”
In 1992, utilizing a hacksaw blade equipped by fellow lag Ronnie Kray, Sutcliffe tried to flee Broadmoor by making an attempt to slicing the steel bars on his cell window.
The identical letter revealed the Ripper’s favorite music was doo-wop group The Impalas’ Sorry (I Ran All of the Manner House), which had “nice significance” to him and his estranged spouse, Sonia.
Sutcliffe additionally wrote of their married life: “Sonia used to make some pretty Czech meals at residence, incredible.”
The total messages will likely be in The Ripper Letters, a e book edited by Rory Everett.
A few of the chilling notes had been very current, despatched weeks earlier than Sutcliffe’s 2020 loss of life from Covid, aged 74.
Mr Everett mentioned: “The e book is the primary of its type, being word-for-word from the Ripper’s mind.”