Who was Carol Wilkinson and what happened to her?

CAROL Wilkinson was murdered on October 10, 1977 on her way to work.

The questions surrounding Carol's death remains a mystery over 40 years later.

Who was Carol Wilkinson?

Carol Wilkinson was a 20-year-old woman from Bradford who was murdered on her way to work.

Due to a bus strike, she decided to take a shortcut across a field which led to an isolated lane.

Unbeknownst to Carol, this would lead her onto the path of her unfortunate, brutal murder.

What happened to Carol Wilkinson?

Carol suffered serious head injuries and was found with her trousers and underwear pulled down.

Carol Wilkinson suffered multiple skull fractures and brain damage as a result of the attack.

Surgeons tried their best to revive the young woman, however after two days they eventually turned off her life-support machine.

Did Peter Sutcliffe murder Carol Wilkinson?

Peter Sutcliffe's home in Garden Lane, Heaton was less than five miles from Ravenscliffe.

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Carol Wilkinson had been living on Bradford's Ravenscliffe council estate for several years prior to her death.

As it was believed Peter Sutcliffe only murdered prostitutes, the police disregarded the idea that she may have been a victim of the Yorkshire Ripper.

Instead, the police arrested Anthony Steel who after two days confessed to the murder.

Steel was later had his sentence quashed at the Court of Appeal in February 2003.

Evidence from the defence and Crown consultant psychologists suggested that Steel was "mentally handicapped" and at the borderline of suggestibility. 

Was Carol Wilkinson's body found?

Around 10am after the murder had taken place, a member of the public found Carol face down in a pool of blood.

The Home Office Pathologist Professor David Gee conducted all the post-mortem examinations on the Ripper victims.

He mentioned the fact there were similarities between the murder of Carol Wilkinson and Peter Sutcliffe's victim Yvonne Pearson who was murdered just three months after.

Sutcliffe did not confess to Carol's murder at his Old Bailey trial.

Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of 13 murders however, crime writer David Yallop believed there may be more.

He also believed Peter was responsible for killing Carol.

The Yorkshire Ripper died in November 2020 from coronavirus after refusing treatment.

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