THE Yorkshire Ripper is a manipulative and dangerous man who has left 26 children motherless and should never be released at any time.
That's the view of Chester businesswoman Diane Simpson on notorious serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, as he launches a fresh bid for freedom.
Diane, who has spent hours in the company of the man she describes as 'tremendously controlled' said: 'He hated his father. His father didn't visit him more than three times in the whole time he was alive. He told me once about his father kicking his younger sister around. His father was a brutal man, who said he should have been hanged.
'I just feel very sorry for the children left motherless by him. I fear that all of this is just his way of trying to get out, which should never happen.'
Diane who lives in Northgate Village, Chester, assisted West Yorkshire Police in the original manhunt in her role as a well-regarded graphologist - an expert in the analysis and profiling of handwriting - and encountered him again in the early 90s after a student working for her contacted the multiple killer for a sample of his handwriting.
This led to a decade of visiting and prolific letter writing between the mum-of-four and Sutcliffe, in which time Diane became instrumental in extracting confessions for an additional two attacks.
'He has never shown remorse for his horrific crimes. Even in the statement he has issued this week, he hasn't apologised to any of the victims' families or said he wishes he could change what happened,' said Diane, whose last visit was in 2000.
In fact Sutcliffe, who now grows his once thick black hair long at the back and pulled forward to cover an almost totally bald head, still displays contempt for both his victims and their families.
'He told me that he thinks society is being hypocritical because they outlaw prostitution as a crime and yet lock him up for killing them,' said Diane.
'He even complained to me that the victims' families shouldn't say nasty things about him because they don't know him. I asked him what he was talking about - he had killed their children.
'His normally mild brown eyes turned black at this point.'
The killer's vanity and arrogance was also clear to Diane, who remembers a disturbing visit to Broadmoor, when Sutcliffe calmly described one of the 13 murders he was eventually convicted of in 1981.
'He never normally talked about his crimes but one day he began to talk about Helen Rytka, a beautiful 18-year-old girl who he killed in 1978.
'At the time my daughter was the same age as Helen when she died and as he talked earnestly about what had happened, trying to say that she had no idea what was happening to her, I began to think of my own daughter and realised that my knees were knocking together.
'I had to put my heels flat on the floor to steady myself. On the way out he whispered in my ear 'you nearly cried before didn't you?' to which I admitted.
'He said 'thank you'. He thought I had been crying for him. It didn't even occur to him I was thinking of his victim.'