Recently, we addressed the issue of the furthering of the negative stereotypes and stigmas in relation to the truck driving community: Film & Literature Further Negative Stereotypes About Drivers. This inspired us to take a closer look at some of the most notorious serial killers in history – we profiled 10 of the most well known killers, only one of which had ties to the trucking industry.
Yorkshire Ripper | Peter Sutcliffe (June 2,1946 – Present)
Peter Sutcliffe, also known as the Yorkshire Ripper is one of Britain’s most well known serial killers – he’s also one of the only serial killers who was known to be a truck driver for a tire company called T. & W.H. Clark (Holdings Ltd.). However, although he was employed as a truck driver it was short-lived as he worked there for less than a year. Peter was sentenced to life in prison for murdering 13 women, and attempting to murder 7 more. His victims were primarily prostitutes. He would batter them with hammer, and stab them in the chest or abdomen with a screwdriver. He is currently being housed at a high-security hospital near London – in 1984 he was transferred there from prison when he had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.