Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer Wearside Jack, 63, ‘drinks himself to death’ after twisted con let Peter Sutcliffe murder three more women


THE sick fantasist behind the Yorkshire Ripper hoax has died aged 63 after ‘drinking himself to death’.

John Humble, from Sunderland sent the police fake tapes claiming to be the serial killer, distracting them from catching the real murderer – evil Peter Sutcliffe.

John Humble, pictured, pretended to be Yorkshire Ripper and threw police off the scent – resulting in the deaths of more women
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He died four decades after his two-minute message and three letters that he sent to the cops signed with the name ‘Wearside Jack’.

His death certificate states that he died of heart disease and ‘chronic alcohol misuse’.

Twisted Humble, allowed the real Yorkshire Ripper Sutcliffe the opportunity to kill at least three more women between 1978 and 1979.

The ex-labourer lived under a false name after he was found guilty for his grim game and most of his friends and neighbours only discovered who he was after watching a TV documentary about the Ripper.

How did he confuse the police

  • He sent a two-minute recording and letters to police and The Daily Mirror claiming that he was the killer
  • The voice note was in a Wearside accent – throwing police off the scent when interviewing the real Ripper who had a Yorkshire accent
  • Thanks to his hoax, at least another three women were murdered after police were led down the wrong path
  • Eventually he admitted to leading the cops astray and later in life drank to deal with his guilt and shame

He sent down police a blind alley with a voice message spoken in a Wearside accent.

In the tape sent to West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield Ahe said: “I’m Jack. I see you are having no luck catching me.

“I have the greatest respect for you George, but Lord!, you are no nearer catching me now than four years ago when I started. I reckon your boys are letting you down, George. They can’t be much good can they?


“At the rate I’m going I should be in the book of records… I’ll keep on going for quite a while yet. I can’t see myself being nicked just yet…

“Well, it’s been nice chatting to you, George. Yours, Jack the Ripper.”

One friend told The Mirror that Humble was ‘destroyed’ by what he had done and would often ask: “Do you know who I am?”

His pal added: “He spent most days drinking from morning until night in a bar and at home.

“He was on benefits and in no state to work.

“The guilt he felt was life-destroying. The man we knew was a gentle giant who would help anyone out.”

A £1million publicity campaign was launched and Sutcliffe was actually quizzed several times by police but because he lacked the Wearside accent they let him go.

Eventually, he called cops to give the game up after realising that things had spiraled out of control. Days later Barbara Leach, 20, was bludgeoned to death by Sutcliffe in Bradford.

One of his closest relatives said: “But he turned to drink and tried to take his life three times.”

When he was arrested in 2005, he said: “The case was getting on my nerves. It was on the bloody telly all the time. I shouldn’t have done it. I know that – because it’s evil.”

The real Yorkshire Ripper, Sutcliffe, is serving life for the brutal murders of 13 women in the West Yorkshire area in a spree that spanned from 1975 to 1981. He also attempted to murder seven other people.

Sutcliffe, pictured, brutally butchered 13 victims, mostly sex workers, to death on the streets of Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and Halifax from 1975-1980

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