Corrie’s Bruce Jones was Yorkshire Ripper suspect after finding victim’s body
Former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones as considered to be a Yorkshire Ripper suspect after he discovered one of Peter Sutcliffe 's victims in the 1970's.
Serial killer Sutcliffe, who died this morning aged 74 after contracting coronavirus, had brutally murdered the 20-year-old and dumped her body on an allotment in Manchester.
Eight days after killing the mum-of-two, who was a sex worker, Sutcliffe returned to where he had dumped her body after realising he had dropped a freshly minted £5 note that had come from his pay packet.
However, when he was unable to find the money he decided to take out his rage on Jean's corpse and slashed at her naked body with a knife until the stench of her corpse made him throw up.
Later that morning, Bruce and a fellow allotment holder discovered Jean's brutalised body near a shed with her intestines wrapped around her waist.
Of course, they called the police and Bruce, now 67, was immediately suspected of being the killer.
Speaking to The Mirror back in 2013, he explained: "He'd uncovered her, he was there that day, he'd hacked away at her.
"I lost my first marriage, my children. I lost everything because of that. It actually destroyed me to learn that people can do that to a human being. I had nightmares like you wouldn't believe."
Bruce, who played Weatherfield's Les Battersby between 1997 and 2007, also spoke about the incident in 2010 and said he experienced "pure panic" when the cops asked him about his whereabouts.
"You start thinking, 'Where was I? What have I done wrong?' Your mind starts racing. It's pure panic," he said in The Dark Side Of Fame With Piers Morgan.
Sutcliffe, who died aged 74, was arrested in 1981 and at his two week trial he was found guilty of murder on all counts and was sentenced to 20 concurrent sentences of life imprisonment.
The Yorkshire Ripper died in hospital on Friday morning after refusing any treatment for deadly coronavirus.
The frail serial killer's lungs collapsed at 1:10am to become the pandemic's latest victim.
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