THE Yorkshire Ripper died just days after repeatedly failing to contact his former wife Sonia in a string of desperate phone calls.
Depraved Peter Sutcliffe — who died of Covid on Friday aged 74 — moaned to pals that he was unable to speak to his ex-partner, who still owns the house the pair bought together at the start of his murderous spree.
Sonia, 70, is still officially registered as the Ripper’s next of kin — despite her marrying hairdresser Michael Woodward in 1997.
In a prison chat with a pal the day before he was taken to hospital, Sutcliffe whined: “I just tried to ring Sonia but no answer. She must be staying down at the flat and not come back yet.
“He (Woodward) will have her slaving about and cleaning everything, you know. Well, that’s her fault, she shouldn’t be so daft — she should make him pull his socks up.”
A source who spoke to him on a regular basis said: “Sutcliffe had grown increasingly frustrated at his lack of contact with Sonia in the last weeks of his life.
“He got very frustrated when he could not get hold of Sonia and it ate away at him. He would lash out at Michael and really missed speaking to her.
“It was a constant thing playing on his mind.
“He never showed any remorse for his killings and incredibly moaned that his biggest regret over the murders of 13 women was the years he spent apart from his former wife.
“He said, ‘When I was stopped, it was a great burden lifted off me. But it was only later that it dawned on me I would be apart from Sonia — and that was the hardest part’.
“He refused treatment for Covid after failing to make contact with Sonia and growing weary of his existing serious health conditions.”
She did not visit Sutcliffe during his time in Frankland Prison, County Durham, after he moved there in 2016 following 32 years at Broadmoor high- security hospital in Berkshire.
But they still spoke on the phone and swapped letters.
Sutcliffe was also attempting to arrange a video call with Sonia before he became ill but the necessary paperwork had not been completed.
As well as still owning the Bradford house she shared with her evil ex, former teacher Sonia also lives in her husband’s flat nearby.
Her last known visit to Sutcliffe — who she married in 1974 before finally divorcing in 1994 — was to Broadmoor in December 2015.
The Sun on Sunday revealed how the taxpayer footed the bill for Sonia’s train fare.
Sutcliffe, who was overweight, diabetic, and had serious bladder and prostate conditions requiring the use of a catheter, died alone after his lungs collapsed. And despite Covid finally ending his vile life, Sutcliffe used his last letter from HMP Frankland to criticise the Government’s measures to combat Coronavirus.
He wrote to a female penpal: “I think old Boris has been getting himself in a bit of a tangle lately with his moves to beat this Covid! Folk are losing their trust and getting confused at his contradicting (sic) schemes!!”
He also revealed his thoughts about the recent ITV drama on fellow serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who killed and dismembered at least 12 men between 1978 and 1983 after luring them back to his North London home.
The mini-series, Des, was based on Brian Masters’ biography of Nilsen, called Killing For Company.
In a barely legible scrawl, Sutcliffe, who called himself by his mother’s maiden name Coonan, and quoted his jail numbers as A62124DV, wrote: “That Dennis Nilsen case was queer, literally. I mean I haven’t read his book but it’s called Killing For Company. How odd is that! He must have had a very poor way of communicating with folk!!”
And he sickeningly declared his love for his penpal, saying: “It was GR8 to hear from you.
‘HE WAS DELUDED’
“We get on great and I know we always will.
“I love you deeply and dearly. I just care so very much. You are my special angel on earth.”
The penpal said: “I never lost sight of who he was and I was troubled he didn’t really show remorse for what he had done. He said he was sorry it had happened but talked about it as if it was not his fault, which I could never accept. He was deluded.
“If he had ever got out, someone would have killed him for what he did.
“I do have lots of sympathy for the families of his victims and they now have some closure, which is a good thing.”
Sutcliffe was taken from Frankland to University Hospital of North Durham on Wednesday, October 28, following a suspected heart attack.
After five nights on a cardiac ward, he was discharged back to jail, where he tested positive for Covid-19 and was placed in isolation. His condition got worse in prison, so he was taken back to hospital.
But Sutcliffe then stunned medics by refusing treatment for the disease.
He started “deteriorating rapidly” on Wednesday, before dying during the early hours of Friday.
The penpal revealed Sutcliffe refused treatment after becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.
They are known to refuse blood transfusions, but decide about other treatments “as to what conscience dictates”.
That means strict followers of the religion may refuse blood-oxygen monitoring devices and invasive treatment used in Covid cases. When it emerged in America that blood-plasma injections were highlighted as a way of treating Covid, Jehovah’s Witnesses were reminded this was not something they could use.
‘IT WAS GOD’S WILL’
Sutcliffe’s long-term pal added: “His religion was definitely a factor, and it helps explain why he did not want treatment.
“He did not agree with it and maybe would have thought it was God’s will that he was dying.”
Former lorry driver and gravedigger Sutcliffe, from Bradford, stalked and viciously attacked lone women from 1975 to 1980.
He killed 13 women and attempted to murder seven in attacks that gripped the north of England with terror.
He was finally caught in January, 1981, after being stopped for having false number-plates, and four months later he was handed 20 life terms at the Old Bailey.
He spent three years in Parkhurst, the notorious top-security prison on the Isle of Wight, but was transferred to Broadmoor in 1984. In 2016, it was ruled he was mentally fit to be returned to jail and he was transferred to Frankland Prison.
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