A real-life victim of Peter Sutcliffe watches a TV crew film the drama Yorkshire Reaper on the street where she lives.
- Marcella Claxton, 42, survived a ferocious Sutcliffe attack in 1976 when she was 20
- The superhero hit her on the head. Mrs. Claxton lost her baby and needed brain surgery
- Today I looked at the ITV crew filming a new drama about the Sutcliffe killings
- Neighbor: “Imagine that you are going for a walk and a movie is being made about your attacker.”
A Yorkshire Reaper victim watched Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women in a five-year killing spree, while a TV crew shot a dramatic film about him on her Leeds street.
Marcella Claxton, 42, survived a violent ambush by Sutcliffe on her way home from a house party in May 1976. She was only 20 years old.
Sutcliffe hit Mrs. Claxton in the head after he thought she was a sex worker.
Left: Mrs. Claxton watches as the ITV crew film a drama about the Yorkshire Reaper on her street in Leeds. Right: Sutcliffe survivor, 42, acknowledges a security guard near the group
Marcella Claxton (pictured as a young woman) survived a gruesome attack by Peter Sutcliffe (right) five years before his arrest
She lost the baby she was carrying four months ago and needs brain surgery.
The Mirror reported that Ms Claxton also required more than 50 stitches.
Sutcliffe murdered 13 women and attempted to murder seven others during a five-year killing spree between 1975 and 1980.
Locals in Chapeltown, Northeast, were surprised that the crew was filming near Mrs. Claxton’s home.
Actors at ITV’s upcoming fashion drama film in Chapeltown, North East Leeds today
Claxton looks torn as the crew filmed the upcoming series on her street in Leeds earlier
“Imagine you’re going for a walk in the streets where you live and watching a movie about your attacker’s crimes,” said her neighbor, Mercy Brown, 48.
‘Seeing actors took me back those days,’ said fellow resident Winston Campbell, 58. It was very scary times here.
“I hope he does justice to the victims and treats them with respect.”
The ITV series stars Cory, former actress and Night Manager star Katherine Kelly.
Some of the victims of the notorious killer and their families reportedly collaborated in the making of the show.
‘I’m glad he’s gone,’ Ms Claxton, who still had headaches and dizzy spells after nearly 50 years of trying to kill, said after Reaper’s death in 2020.
Actress Charlie Webb (in police uniform) stars in the series. She was filmed talking to a crew member as well as another person playing the role of a sex worker
Charley Webb played Debbie Dingle in Emmerdale from 2002 to 2021
“At least now I might be able to get some closure.”
ITV commissioned the drama after the success of the true crime shows Des and White House Farm.
The Yorkshire Ripper was imprisoned for 20 years in 1981, with the sentence switched to a life order in 2010.
The police interviewed him no fewer than nine times during the five-year investigation.
Twelve of Sutcliffe’s 13 victims. Top row (left to right): Wilma McCann, Emily Jackson, Erin Richardson, and Patricia Atkinson. Middle row: Jane MacDonald, Jean Jordan, Yvonne Pearson and Helen Ritka. Bottom row: Vera Millward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach and Jacqueline Hill
Chapeltown, Leeds was chosen for the location of the chain as it contains houses suitable for the period
He often used the services of sex workers in Leeds and Bradford, targeting them.
Sutcliffe was finally arrested by police in Sheffield in 1981 for driving with fake number plates.
At the time he confessed to the killings – and claimed that the Voice of God had ordered him to commit them.
He died of Covid in prison in November 2020 at the age of 74.
Katherine Kenny plays Emily Jackson, Sutcliffe’s second murder victim, in the new ITV series
Yorkshire Police were photographed searching for Wilma McCann, the Reaper’s first victim, in 1975