Richard McCann Wiki – Richard McCann Biography
The son of the first victim of the Yorkshire Ripper warned that he might ‘inspire the next serial killer’ after Netflix’s new documentary on Peter Sutcliffe named ‘The Ripper’.
Richard McCann’s mother, Wilma, murdered in Leeds in October 1975, was 28 years old.
Sutcliffe continued to kill 12 more women over the next five years before his gruesome crimes came to light.
After Sutcliffe’s death from Covid-19 last month, Netflix is preparing to release a documentary about the murders, which includes interviews with the families of the victims.
Mr. McCann, who was five years old when his mother was killed, contributed to the series under the work entitled Once Upon a Time in Yorkshire.
Speaking to Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 this afternoon, McCann made a call to people to stop using the name ‘The Ripper’ when describing the killer.
He said he only learned yesterday that the title of the four-episode drama had changed.
The motivational speaker said: ‘I was so surprised, my heart was broken.
It’s called The Ripper, this is nothing like Once Upon a Time in Yorkshire.
The production company told me ‘there is nothing we can do’, the name is chosen, that’s all.
We did not offer an option to appeal. What a wrong communication. ‘
Mr. McCann said that if he had known that this was the title, he would not be in the series.
“The stupid thing is the show itself, because I watched all four episodes, it’s really well done and it’s done with precision.
They wasted all that precision just by naming it by this name. This is just disappointing. ‘
The drama narrates the murders through interviews with investigators, journalists, survivors and families of the victims.
During the same BBC Radio 2 interview, Mr. McCann asked the press and the public to permanently stop using the name ‘The Ripper’ when referring to his mother’s killer.
He said: ‘It looks like mythology and it almost makes him bigger than a character in life and I wonder if that really inspired him to go and do more because’ now I have this term, I have a brand ‘.
“It’s so disappointing that we’re doing this over and over again, probably inspiring the next serial killer.”
Mr. McCann added: ‘It was harder to come to terms with him because of the name given to him and the constant reminder of what he did to most victims.
“This name is a description of how women were killed.”
McCann said the media is currently trying to draft guidelines to prevent them from using such pseudonyms in future reports.
“It does nothing but encourage the next prolific criminal,” he added.
On the day of Sutcliffe’s death, West Yorkshire Police issued a formal apology for the ‘distress’ caused by the language used by the officers at the time of the crimes.
Police Chief John Robins said: “On behalf of the West Yorkshire Police, I apologize for the additional distress and concern that the language, style and terminology used by senior officers at the time in relation to Peter Sutcliffe’s victims caused all his relatives.
“Such language and attitudes may have reflected the broader social attitudes of the day, but they were just as wrong then as they are now.”
Mr. McCann said he was grateful for the apology and added: ‘If we can get something positive from the whole epic, they finally surrendered and gave us the very overdue apology as they were told. ‘
The motivational speaker said that he wrote to force earlier this year and asked for an apology but received no response.
‘I was disappointed that they talked about our mothers because at least some of them deserved what they had,’ he said.
Mr. McCann added that the West Yorkshire Police assumed that his mother was a prostitute because of her lifestyle and had no convictions for this crime.
Jeremy Vine told that it was because of these ‘false assumptions’ about some women that someone in the media found the name ‘The Ripper’, which refers to Jack the Ripper from Victorian London.
Mr. McCann said he was happy that things had changed since the ’70s.
Netflix responded to Mr. McCann’s comments by saying that his dramas’ were at the heart of the stories of women who died.
A spokesperson said: ‘This is not a series about Sutcliffe, but a precise re-examination of crimes in the context of England in the late 1970s.
It was a time of radical change: a period of poverty and misogyny, during which Sutcliffe’s victims were dehumanized by the media and police, resulting in the perpetrator escaping capture for five years.
At the heart of this series are stories of women who died.