Yorkshire Ripper Wants To Convert To Islam, But Scared Of The Snip

Peter Sutcliffe's 1981 mug shot [West Yorkshire Police]

These are the crime stories making headlines today, October 5, 2016 …

  • Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, who was nicknamed “The Yorkshire Ripper” by British media, has reportedly hit a roadblock in his path to become a Muslim — his fear of circumcision. Sutcliffe, 70, fears for his safety after a recent move from a hospital to a more secure prison and hoped that by converting to Islam his fellow Muslim prisoners would protect him, according to the Daily Star. But the Islamic group have demanded that Sutcliffe prove his commitment by having his foreskin surgically removed. Many Muslim men are circumcised within a few weeks of birth, but adult converts are not always required to have the snip. The serial killer has already been attending daily Islamic prayer meetings, reading the Koran, and given up pork. Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women and tried to kill seven others, received 20 life sentences in 1981. [Daily Star]

Related: Yorkshire Ripper Will Rough It In Prison After 32 Years In Cushy Mental Hospital

  • Long Island native Wendy Kaufman, aka “the Snapple Lady,” has lifted the lid on the crippling drug addiction she was fighting during her role as the public face of the beverage giant in the nineties. I always had a weight problem and I always felt less than in some way, and I think that through the years it started to evolve into other problems,” Kaufman said in a preview for Saturday’s episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? She admitted that her attempt to numb the pain led her to try cigarettes at the age of 13, then alcohol — and, in 1980, cocaine. Wendy said that by 1989, she “could press my cheek and blood would come out of my nose.” [OWN/YouTube]
  • Damacio Diaz, a 44-year-old former detective with the Bakersfield Police Department, has been sentenced to five years in prison for bribery, possession, and attempted possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and making and subscribing a false income tax return. Diaz was a local hero and the subject of the movie McFarland, USA, who later became a Bakersfield police officer. United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert also announced that Diaz’s former partner Patrick Mara, 36, pleaded guilty to related charges. According to court documents, between April 2012 and February 2015 Diaz had a criminal informant who was involved in the distribution of methamphetamine. Prosecutors allege that Diaz knew the informant was engaged in illegal activity, but allowed them to continue to operate. He is also accused of accepting bribes from the informant and engaging in drug trafficking. [Justice.gov]
  • Three years after stopping them following a controversial execution, Ohio plans to resume death-row executions in January. The announcement by officials on Monday that they would resume capital punishments with a three-drug cocktail was quickly followed by criticism from death-penalty opponents, who claim that resuming the death penalty will result in “greatly increased risks of pain and suffering” for prisoners. Ohio has not put a prisoner to death since January 2014 when convicted rapist-murderer Dennis McGuire took 25 minutes to die and appeared to be gasping for air, according to witnesses. [NBC News]

  • A man accused of trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl plans to plead guilty to a new charge that could reduce his time in prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Gregory Dodd, 53, with using the internet to entice a child into sexual activity while believing her to be under age 16. Dodd is the brother of serial killer and child molester Westley Dodd, who was put to death in Washington state in 1993. Messages printed in court records show Dodd allegedly had discussed watching incest videos with a 13-year-old girl’s mother in February and told her he’d had sex with young girls while stationed in the Philippines for military service. But the “mother” was actually an undercover officer who set up a sting that led to his arrest in April. [Sun Herald]
  • A woman dubbed the “Nazi Bride” by German media, who helped kill at least 10 people, has announced that she’s turned over a new leaf. According to Bild, Beate Zschaepe, 41, was a key member of the National Socialist Underground right-wing terror group. She and two accomplices reportedly killed eight Turkish immigrants, one Greek man, and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Zschaepe also allegedly had sex with many members of her fascist group. She stated in court that she now judges people “not according to where they come from or their political views but according to their behavior.” The trial continues. [Toronto Sun]

  • Authorities are searching for a man who was convicted of murder Monday in DeKalb County and didn’t return to hear the verdict. Taiquan Mitchell, 24, of Atlanta, had been out on $125,000 bond in connection with the January 2014 death of Marcus Beanite Waters, 29, according to jail records. When the jury returned its verdict Monday, Mitchell was gone, said Marcus Garner, spokesman for the district attorney’s office.”He was found guilty of all charges, but as of now he’s a fugitive,” Garner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  [AJC.com]
  • Taiquan Mitchell [Photo: DeKalb County]

    Taiquan Mitchell [Photo: DeKalb County]

    Almost 33 years after a young mother from Richmond, California, was murdered, authorities have charged her one-time boyfriend for the brutal killing. Police arrested Sherill Smothers, 54, on September 14 for the murder of the 25-year-old mother of four. Carter was reported missing on December 7, 1983 after her three young sons found blood on the mattress, their 10-month-old brother underneath the bed — and no sign of their mother. Carter’s body was discovered 10 days later in the trunk of her own car in Sacramento. Smothers has been paralyzed from the neck down since a car accident in 1991, but prosecutors allege that he was able-bodied at the time of Carter’s murder. [The Daily Beast]

Main image: Peter Sutcliffe’s 1981 mugshot [West Yorkshire Police]


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