Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe Ruled 'Not Insane Enough' For Broadmoor Mental Hospital

Peter Sutcliffe
Portrait of British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe on his wedding day, August 10, 1974. Getty

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe—who murdered 13 women in England during the 1970s—is set to move out of a psychiatric hospital and back into jail after a mental health tribunal ruled him sane enough to do so, sources said.

The serial killer, 70, has spent 32 years inside Broadmoor, a high-security institution in Berkshire, in the south east of England, after murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven more between 1976 and 1981.

He has been there since 1984 after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after being jailed for life in 1981.

Sutcliffe, a former lorry driver from Bradford, in the north of England, now calls himself Peter Coonan. Most of his victims were prostitutes who were mutilated and beaten to death.

The decision of the tribunal has been referred to the Ministry of Justice, which still needs to confirm the move.

Sutcliffe was given 20 life terms for the murders and was caught when police found him with a prostitute in his car.

They became suspicious and found he had a fake licence plate and weapons including a screwdriver and hammer in the boot.

Before he was moved to Broadmoor, the killer spent three years at Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight.