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Old April 3rd, 2009, 05:36 AM   #1
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1. The "Stone-in-sock" attack was the first known attack by Peter Sutcliffe. The attack took place in September 1969. Several incidents, in the summer of 1969, led Peter Sutcliffe to his hatred for prostitutes and shortly thereafter to his first known attack.


In February 1975 Peter Sutcliffe took redundancy, used the pay-off to gain an HGV licence on 4 June 1975, and began working as a driver for a tyre firm on 29 September of that year. However, he was sacked for the theft of used tyres on 5 March 1976. He was unemployed until October 1976*.


3. Anna Rogulskyj, aged 36, attacked Saturday morning July 5 1975 in Keighley at around 1:30 am, was Peter Sutcliffe's second known attack and second survivor. It was also the beginning of what would be eventually known as the Yorkshire Ripper series of attacks and murders.

Anna Rogulskyj's encounter with Peter Sutcliffe in the early morning hours of July 5 1975 was apparently at least her third meeting with him. Sutcliffe had heard from workmates at Anderton's that Keighley had a lot of prostitutes. Anna Rogulskyj was approached by a man with dark hair and a springy beard one day in the Town Hall square. He wanted to go home with her for a cup of tea. She was more than a little disturbed when the man began following her up Highfield Lane, where she lived. She eventually was able to throw him off.

The second meeting apparently took place a few weeks later when the same man followed her into Wild's coffee bar in the town centre, where at one time she had worked. The man, whom she noticed had "racing" eyes and "dainty" hands, offered to buy her a drink, but disappeared when it appeared obvious she was about to make a fuss about his unwanted attentions.

A few weeks later, on the night of July 4th, Peter Sutcliffe had driven alone to the centre of Keighley. Anna Rogulskyj had gone out drinking that night, taking the bus to Bradford, and had found a ride back to Keighley and to her home. She then decided to call on her boyfriend, whom she had a stormy relationship with, at his home in North Queen Street, a largely vacated and boarded up area. As she was walking she suddenly heard from a darkened doorway a man ask her if she "fancied it". She replied, "Not on your life", and quickened her pace towards her boyfriend Geoff's house. Once there, despite shouting and knocking and pounding on the front door, she could not raise him. In a fit of anger, she removed her shoe and put it through a ground-floor window. Heading back towards her home, near an alleyway near the Ritz Cinema, she was again asked the same question by the same man, whom she rebuffed yet again. Peter Sutcliffe allowed Anna Rogulskyj to walk a few more paces before he attacked her with a ball-pein hammer, hitting her three times on the head. Once she was on the ground, he raised her blouse and slashed her across her abdomen. He was about to stab her in the stomach, when a man living in Lord Street, disturbed by the noise, called out and asked what was happening, causing Sutcliffe to flee, leaving his victim alive.

Anna Rogulskyj was found by a passerby at 2:20 am. She was rushed to the casuality department at Airedale hospital, and then was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary where she survived a twelve-hour operation which included the removal of splinters of bone from her brain, and at one point was given last rites.

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*The first Unemployment Benefits were made from 1911, to jobseekers who had paid National Insurance contributions ('the stamp'). These payments were thus only made to people who had recently been in work, and not simply those on low incomes. Furthermore, claims were only payable for up to 12 months, by which time a claimant had to have regained work.After the Second World War, the National Assistance Act 1946 was passed, and from 1948 anyone of working age, on a low income could apply for support. National Assistance was replaced by Supplementary Benefit in November 1966, and UB claimants could transfer to this after their initial entitlement had expired.

Wikipedia/Jobseeker's Allowance.
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Old April 4th, 2009, 08:37 AM   #2
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Thanks for this Pilgrim. I wasn't aware that Sutcliffe had stalked Ms.Rogulsky.

Please elaborate on what this translates into on your end.

Do you think there may have been the possiblity of one victim in the WM who was stalked...or is there another element in the piece you provided other than stalking that you are alluding to?
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Old April 4th, 2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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I started this thread after reading somewhere else that in 1888 there would have been prostitutes available in a number of different areas of London. In Sutcliffe's case, anyway, what seems to have mattered, at first, was not any great personal experience or real knowledge of where he might find actual prostitutes. The "stone-in-sock" attack does indicate that several years earlier, he had to some extent been aware of where he could find prostitutes, in his home town Bradley. But at the time of the commencement of the murder series his "knowledge" did not, as it may seem, amount to much more than a mere rumour - that there were "a lot of prostitutes in Keighley". Anna Rogulskyj doesn't even seem to have been a prostitute, neither was Jayne MacDonald, or several of the other later murder victims. So, it seems to me that Sutcliffe must have been acting upon some very abstract, or diffuse, conceptions. But then, of course, he was delusional.
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