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The Bristol prostitute murdered as the Yorkshire Ripper hunt

Postby admin » 16 Apr 2017, 21:33

It was the summer of 1979 and with the Yorkshire Ripper hunting the red light districts, prostitutes across the country were living in fear. Then came the news that Bristol had been dreading.

Workmen had found the mutilated body under a pile of sand on a St Paul’s building site just off Backfield. It turned out to be that of 32-year-old Wendy Jenkins.

It didn’t take long for Bristol police to call in their counterparts from the Northern city - after other victims had been similarly mutilated by the serial killer, later discovered to be Peter Sutcliffe.

Straight away Detective Chief Superintendent Jim Hobson leading the search for the Yorkshire Ripper was clear – he would be speaking to Bristol’s finest about the murder. Within a few days he travelled to Bristol to find out if Wendy’s death was the work of the ripper, who was thought to have claimed as many as 11 victims at the time, and had threatened to strike again. When the Bristol investigation began, little details were known, as police sealed off the area and detectives began hunting for clues.

Wendy, who lived in Eccelstone House in Barton Hill, had sustained head injuries, but it was unclear exactly how long ago that her body had been dumped between the two new warehouses. She was found at around 8.30am on Tuesday, August 28, 1979, by labourer Denis Winterfield, 22, shortly after he had started work at the site – but the sand had been delivered the Friday before.

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