CORRIE legend Bruce Jones has revealed he tried to kill himself after struggling to stay with the torment of discovering one in every of Peter Sutcliffe’s victims.
The actor – who performed layabout loudmouth Les Battersby within the ITV cleaning soap – was so disturbed by the grisly discovery of Jean Jordan that he took an overdose and needed to be rushed to hospital.
Bruce Jones struggled to stay with the torment of discovering one in every of Sutcliffe’s victimsCredit score: ANDREW PRICE
Talking solely in regards to the incident for the primary time Bruce mentioned: “What I noticed that day modified my life perpetually.
“Each time I’d shut my eyes I’d see that poor lady and be reminded of what that monster did to her.
“Within the weeks afterwards I simply needed a manner out and for the nightmares to cease. That’s why I attempted to do myself in.”
Bruce even later took a job as a fireman pondering if he died in a blaze it could be one other manner out of his hell.
However the father-of-four ultimately pulled himself spherical and stored going for the sake of his youngsters.
“I knew I couldn’t let the Ripper win,” Bruce mentioned.
“I informed myself I wanted to stay and preserve going – not only for myself and for my children too.”
Bruce’s candid-admission at this time comes simply over per week after Sutcliffe’s demise from Covid-19.
The actor has spoken out in regards to the incident for the primary time Credit score: ANDREW PRICE
The actor performed Les Battersby in Coronation RoadCredit score: PA
Peter Sutcliffe murdered 13 girls and tried to kill extraCredit score: GETTY
Bruce says he believes the serial killer, who murdered 13 girls and tried to homicide seven others between 1975 and 1980, was hiding in bushes when he discovered the butchered stays of Jean.
Sutcliffe killed the mum-of-two intercourse employee by bludgeoning her to demise with a hammer after which dumping her on wasteland in Manchester.
Recalling the occasions of that horrific day again in 1977, Bruce says: “When I discovered her I seemed down and initially simply froze.
“He’d butchered the poor lady and phrases may by no means describe the best way he handled her.
“I ran over to a cellphone field throughout the street to name the police and, as I did, I observed a face within the bushes.
“To at the present time I’m certain it was Sutcliffe.
“He had jet black hair and these piercing eyes staring again at me. It was like a monster wanting again.”
Bruce – who appeared on the Cobbles between 1997 and 2007 – was initially handled as a suspect however was shortly let go.
Six months later he had a flashback about what he’d seen within the bushes and reported it to cops – who have been nonetheless trying to find the fugitive Ripper.
“They informed me it was the third related description and requested why I’d waited so lengthy to come back ahead,” Bruce says.
“I defined I’d been in shock. I feel lots of what occurred that day I’d tried to neglect. However I’m certain it was him.
“Perhaps he obtained a kick out of seeing these poor ladies being discovered.”
The torment of that day led to the breakdown of Bruce’s first marriage and despatched him spiralling right into a booze dependancy which might ultimately see him bravely agree to 2 bouts of rehab.
“I misplaced a lot due to that man,” Bruce mentioned yesterday.
“It destroyed me to study that individuals can do this to a human being. I had nightmares such as you would not imagine. I nonetheless do.”
Bruce, now working as a movie actor, nonetheless depends closely on the assist of ex-wife Sandra, now a detailed buddy, and different friends.
He mentioned: “Once I came upon final week he’d died I used to be delighted and simply shouted: “Sure, finally’.
“I really feel so sorry for the victims and I simply hope that his demise means they will lastly get some peace.
“As for the Ripper I’d have cherished to have gotten my fingers on him.
“I’d have kicked the crap out of him and I wouldn’t have stopped till somebody pulled me off.
“Now he’s gone I need him to rot in hell. And I hope I lastly escape the ghost of that man.”
Jones mentioned ‘phrases may by no means describe’ the best way the sufferer was handledCredit score: ANDREW PRICE
Peter Sutcliffe died of Covid-19 over per week in the pastCredit score: Ian Whittaker