Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe drew self-portrait on stereo
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The Yorkshire Ripper’s old Broadmoor boombox has gone on sale – for £7,000.
The garish stereo – adorned with a crude self-portrait of evil former owner Peter Sutcliffe – is up for offers on a US crime memorabilia site.
Sutcliffe, who died of Covid-19 at 74 in November, had the portable sound system in the late 1980s while held in the secure Berkshire hospital.
The source who revealed the macabre sale said: “Sutcliffe was a big pop fan but having this in your house would mean anything but easy listening.”
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The killer’s boombox on US crime site
The killer, a fan of Neil Young and U2, emblazoned the CD/cassette player with a cartoon-style image of himself surrounded by a crescent moon, a star and black spirals on the top in black marker.
He dated his handiwork as September 5 1987 – six years after his trial – and added his initials PWS.
He also scrawled the message “hands off” in an apparent warning to fellow patients.
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On the back the monster had written a quote from US ad guru William Bernbach which begins: “Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature… what compulsion drive a man, what instincts dominate his action.”
Lorry driver Sutcliffe’s horrific actions led to him being given 20 concurrent life sentences after killing at least 13 women and attempting to murder seven others between 1975 and 1980.
Supernaught, the website selling the antiquated music player, has a long history of trading his former possessions.
He scribbled over it and drew a self-portrait
Predator Sutcliffe was said to have had a wide-ranging taste in music including reggae, Mozart, The Who, the Eurythmics and Joan Baez.
His vile and infamous crimes also inspired some bands including punks Siouxsie and the Banshees, who wrote lyrics about the killer on their track Night Shift.