THE woman said to be the first victim of the Yorkshire Ripper has died, aged 75.
Anne Rogulskyj – formerly Anna Rogulski – was left for dead in a doorway with a gaping head wound and her stomach slashed open.
She was left needing 12 hours of extensive surgery and a steel plate was fitted to her skull after the brutal attack in Keighley in July 1975.
Despite giving a description of her attacker to the police, it was only two years later that the attack was linked to the serial killer, Peter Sutcliffe.
Sutcliffe began his killing spree the next October with the murder of Wilma McCann, in Leeds, and went on to murder another 12 women.
His victims included teenage Huddersfield prostitute Helen Rytka.
The former lorry driver was tried on 13 counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1981.
Mrs Rogulskyj went on to demand that her name was taken from the list of Yorkshire Ripper victims, the majority of whom had been working as prostitutes.
She claimed she become the victim of spiteful gossip which ended in her having to change her name and move home.
In 1984, Mrs Rogulskyj, whose marriage ended in the 1970s, said she was still scared to leave the terrace home where she had lived for 19 years.