Pictured: Peter Sutcliffe – now known by the surname Coonan – supposedly bragged of frightening a doctor to death by threatening to stab her in the eye with a pen
Serial murderer Peter Sutcliffe bragged to friends that he had terrified a doctor to death by threatening to stab her in the eye with a pen – just a day before she died.
The Yorkshire Ripper was being interviewed by psychiatrist Daphne Sasieni while he was awaiting trial in 1981.
But after her shocking encounter with Sutcliffe – who murdered 13 women and tried to murder another seven – she died the next day from a brain haemorrhage.
A source told The Mirror that Sutcliffe, who was 34 at the time, told a friend that Dr Sasieni ‘was saying things that upset me, so I thought, “I’ll upset you”.’
The murderer then supposedly told the doctor: ‘Before you could ring the buzzer and bring the staff in, I could get that pen and jab it into your eye straight into your brain and you’d be dead.’
Pictured: Peter Sutcliffe, with his head covered by a blanket, being escorted to Dewsbury Magistrates Court to be charged with murder on January 6, 1981
Pictured: HMP Frankland in Durham, where Peter Sutcliffe – now Coonan – is held
According to the account, Dr Sasieni then ‘got up and ran to the door terrified’, saying: ‘Where were you? Where were you?’
Sutcliffe proudly boasted that the woman – aged 54 – had been ‘frightened to death’ by the encounter when she died the next day at the start of a two-week holiday.
Pictured: The Yorkshire Ripper leaves court with a police guard
Dr Sasieni had been working as a psychiatrist at HMP Leeds in West Yorkshire.
Peter Sutcliffe – who goes by the surname Coonan – is now aged 71 and being held in men’s Category A HMP Frankland in Durham.
He murdered his victims between 1975 and 1980 before being arrested on January 2, 1981.
Dr Sasieni died in March 1981.
Sutcliffe – a lorry driver from Bradford – was jailed for life in May of that year after being described by the judge as ‘an unusually dangerous man’.