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Yallop, who was present at the trial, observed expressions of consternation spread around the court, including on the faces of senior police officers from West Yorkshire, with good reason. Even the limited evidence that was presented bore abundant testimony to the deficiencies of the police investigation. The Attorney-General, Sir Michael Havers, having been instructed to actually prosecute Sutcliffe rather than acquiesce in his defence of insanity, led the prosecution for the Crown, stressing that at least half of Sutcliffe’s victims were not prostitutes, ‘victims whose reputation was unblemished’, as he put it, but he colluded in the denigration of the other victims.
Male friends of Sutcliffe’s testified that he had been obsessed with prostitutes ever since he was in his teens, but they also recalled him boasting about ‘never having to pay’. ’ He seems to have stolen McCann’s purse after killing her; Richardson had under 50p in hers, so she hadn’t been paid either, while his unsuccessful efforts to retrieve the £5 note he gave to Jordan provoked the most frenzied and disgusting post-mortem attack. It appears that his violence was indeed intimately connected with money, but that not paying was integral to his contempt for his victims.
McLeod 1982) Towards the end of its campaign, PROS had participant groups in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Sheffield, although not, interestingly, in West Yorkshire. I asked McLeod whether the murders had made it difficult to organise support in West Yorkshire. 28 It therefore appears that, despite all the organising fervour of feminists in West Yorkshire, they did not relate 28 Eileen McLeod, personal communication, 9 October 2007. 22 Peter Sutcliffe: a long shadow to a movement where sex workers decided the agenda and spoke on their own behalf.