YORKSHIRE Ripper Peter Sutcliffe will find out today if he can ever be released.
The outcome of an appeal by Sutcliffe over a ruling that he should never be released is to be announced by the Court of Appeal.
Sutcliffe made a challenge against an order made by a High Court judge last year that he must serve a “whole life” tariff.
Now known as Peter Coonan, the former lorry driver, from Bradford, was convicted at the Old Bailey in 1981.
Sutcliffe, now 64, received 20 life terms for the murder of 13 women and the attempted murder of others in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.
One of his murder victims was teenage Huddersfield prostitute Helen Rytka.
He also tried to kill teenager Theresa Sykes in Oakes.
He is being held in Broadmoor top security psychiatric hospital after being transferred from prison in 1984 suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.