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The Ripper Murdered My Mum (BBC1 10TH MAY 2005
On 30th October 1975, Richard and Sonia McCann’s lives changed forever. Early in the morning, five-year-old Richard was woken by his older sister Sonia. She told him their mum had not returned from a night out. The children put their dressing gowns over their pyjamas and went to the bus stop to wait for their mum. But she never returned.
Later that morning Wilma McCann’s body was found lying on the playing fields behind the family’s home. She was the first victim of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper. For 30 years, Richard and Sonia have been haunted by what Sutcliffe did to their family. Not only have they had to cope with the loss of their mother, they have also had to live with the knowledge that she was brutally killed and mutilated by a man who has become infamous for preying on prostitutes.
The film follows Richard and Sonia as they try to take control away from Sutcliffe and find a way of making sense of what has happened to them. Having read that he once said he wanted to apologise to the children of his victims, Richard decides to make contact with Sutcliffe by writing to him in Broadmoor prison hospital. He wants to understand what drove Sutcliffe to rob him of his mother; is he capable of remorse; and can Richard make him face up to his crimes?
Richard and Sonia were so young when their mum died that they have only hazy memories of her. Now they want to try and find out more about the woman dubbed by the newspapers as a prostitute and a ‘good-time girl’ and reclaim her as their mother.
We follow their search for clues to her life as they try to build up a picture of the mum they never really knew. Of the 13 women Sutcliffe killed, seven had children. Richard and Sonia have spent their lives wondering what happened to the other children who lost their mothers. Now they are determined to find out.
There is still so much stigma surrounding Sutcliffe’s crimes. Richard and Sonia want to share their experiences with others who have suffered like them. But how will the others react? Richard and Sonia have both had difficulties in life and are now trying to move forward. Will their search for the other children bring them further disappointment, or will it help them move on and build new lives for themselves?
Name:- The Ripper Murdered My Mum
Video Codec:- DIVX
Video Bitrate:- 112kbps
Audio Bitrate:- 142kbps
frame Size:- 528x400
frame Rate:- 25 frames per second
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