When twisted serial killer Peter Sutcliffe was finally caught following his five year reign of terror which left at least 13 women dead, there was just one person he wanted to speak to.
The 74-year-old, who has died in prison following complications after he was diagnosed with coronavirus, had been behind bars since 1981.
He died without ever apologising to his victims' families and had refused treatment for Covid-19 at the University Hospital of North Durham, three miles from the maximum security Frankland jail where he was an inmate.
Sutcliffe had been treated at the same hospital two weeks earlier after he suffered a suspected heart attack.
The killer was sent back to prison but then returned to hospital when he was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Sutcliffe used hammers and screwdrivers to murder 13 women from all walks of life during the 1970s and 1980s. He is also known to have attacked at least nine other women before his arrest in 1981.
Richard McCann, the son of Sutcliffe's first recognised victim, Wilma McCann, said the killer's death had brought some closure to him, and Sutcliffe will go down as someone "in the same league I suppose as someone like Hitler".
Wilma McCann, Emily Jackson, Irene Richardson, Patricia Atkinson, Jayne MacDonald, Jean Jordan, Yvonne Pearson, Helen Rytka, Vera Millward, Josephine Whitaker, Barbara Leach, Marguerite Walls and Jacqueline Hill are Sutcliffe's 13 known victims, although he is believed to be responsible for other deaths.
When he was finally captured, Sutcliffe told police he had been told to kill by the "voice of God".
But the sick murdered demanded one thing after he confessed to his gruesome crimes - that he be allowed to tell his wife, Sonia.
Sonia was just 16 when she met a then 20-year-old Sutcliffe at a disco. The couple married in 1974, a year before he committed his first murder.
In a taped conversation -exclusively obtained by the? Sunday Mirror ?the mass murderer, now 70, said: “I personally told Sonia what had happened after my -arrest. I asked the police not to tell her, just to ring her and let me explain.
“She had no idea, not a clue. I never had any blood on me or anything. I was working all day long and she was working as a teacher so I could only do it at night.
“She was deeply shocked when I told her. She couldn’t believe it. She knew there must have been something wrong but she had no idea what had happened.
“She was absolutely gobsmacked. It was hard to tell her but rather it come from me than a total stranger. I said a lot of things to police which sounded as though I was guilty.
“But I’ve never told anyone about the voices and hallucinations, which I now know they were. I had to hide that -because I was still on the mission.”There was nothing to link me, I was taking my clothes home and taking my clothes off and doing my own washing."
Sonia remained married to Sutcliffe for the next 13 years, finally divorcing him. She has now found happiness and married Michael Woodward in 1997.
However, Sonia, who admitted in an interview with the Sunday people, that she "feels compassion" for her ex-husband, continued to visit Sutcliffe until three years ago.
She also remained in the home she shared with Sutcliffe in Bradford, although her second husband is said to have refused to move in and lives in a flat 15 minutes away from his wife.
In 2018, Sutcliffe was said to be "furious" that Sonia had not visited him in two years and blamed her new husband.
He added: "I have been ringing Sonia but Michael tells her off if I speak to her or leave messages. He acts like a spoilt brat and should get over his jealousy and accept we are friends."