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    Unhappy Jack (aka:The Ripper) is back

    Race against time after U.K. prostitutes slain

    Authorities plead for prostitutes to stay off the streets after five killed
    Reuters
    Updated: 10:45 a.m. ET Dec 13, 2006
    LEVINGTON, England - Police hunting a serial killer who is murdering women at a rate unprecedented in British criminal history urged prostitutes on Wednesday to stay off the streets.

    Five naked bodies have been found near the eastern English port town of Ipswich in the last 11 days, terrifying the community in an area where serious crime is relatively rare.

    Detectives have identified three of the dead women as prostitutes. Police said they feared the other two bodies may be sex workers from Ipswich who had been reported missing.

    Paula Clennell, 24, has not been seen since Saturday and Annette Nicholls, 29, has been missing for at least a week.

    “Three of their peers have been murdered, now tragically possibly another two. It’s not safe. They need to stay off the streets,” Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull told BBC radio.

    Another Jack the Ripper?
    The discovery of so many victims in so few days has raised fears another “Ripper” targeting prostitutes is on the loose.

    The most notorious such killer was the 19th-century murderer known as Jack the Ripper, blamed for the deaths of five prostitutes in east London in 1888 but never found.

    The most prolific was Peter Sutcliffe, called the Yorkshire Ripper, who murdered 13 women, mainly prostitutes, in northern England from 1975 to 1980 before he was caught.

    Reinforcements have been sent in to help the small Suffolk police force in its largest inquiry. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office said it had been in touch with police to ensure all necessary resources were available.

    Police said they had received more than 2,000 telephone calls from members of the public in just five hours.

    “Our number one priority is to find the person or persons responsible,” said Gull.

    “We are coming into the festive period and people are going to be out and about. We would advise them to take care,” he told a news conference.

    Gull said all five women had been murdered elsewhere and their bodies dumped. Police were looking for the murder scenes.

    The News of the World, Britain’s biggest selling newspaper, offered a reward of 250,000 pounds ($490,000) for the capture of the person it dubbed the “Suffolk Strangler.”

    'Cold-blooded and skilful'
    The two latest bodies were discovered in Levington, east of Ipswich, close to where the naked body of another victim, Anneli Alderton, 24, was found in woodland on Sunday.

    Mike Berry, a criminal psychologist, said the Ipswich killer was an “exceptionally cold-blooded” and “skilful” operator.

    “The killer may be confident he will not be caught,” he wrote in the Daily Mirror. “He will be fascinated by the coverage of the case ... he will be thinking ’the game is on’.”

    A huge police inquiry began on Dec. 2 when the body of Gemma Adams, 25, was found in a stream near Ipswich. Police found 19-year-old Tania Nicol’s body in the same stream on Dec. 8.


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    Never underestimate the mindeset of a determined adversary.

    I heard about this on the news and thought: this person is doing this for fun, they have knowledge of the city where the bodies are found and they have knowledge of the local police and their abilities.

    I truly hope that he is caught soon.
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    I wonder what made him snap, or what he was doing with them before he crossed the line into killing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    I wonder what made him snap, or what he was doing with them before he crossed the line into killing.
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    U.K. Police See Progress in Murder Cases
    By JENNIFER QUINN
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    The Associated Press
    Updated: 9:30 p.m. ET Dec 16, 2006
    LONDON - Police investigating the murders of five prostitutes in a town in eastern England said Saturday they have no formal suspects but are focusing on 50 to 100 people they want to question.

    Police also released closed-circuit television footage from the train where one victim, 24-year-old Anneli Alderton, was last seen Dec. 3 _ the date of the footage _ in an effort to track her movements before her body was found seven days later.

    More than 350 officers from forces across Britain are assisting the Suffolk police with the investigation into the killings, which have raised fears for the safety of women around Ipswich. The naked bodies of all five women were found over 10 days.

    Assistant Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer of the Suffolk county police said investigators have a list of people to question.

    "We have between 50 and 100 people that we're interested in," Cheer told the British Broadcasting Corp.

    "A good way to describe the progress we are making would be to compare the investigation to a jigsaw," she added. "We have constructed the edges. Now we have to fill in the middle."

    Police Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said he would not speculate on how many people were being investigated by police. He said no one had been questioned as a suspect.

    "We are making good progress," Gull said, adding that about 8,000 calls had come in to a police hot line. Officers were searching a railway line near the site where two of the bodies were discovered.

    Gull said he had been careful not to use the term "serial killer," and said that detectives were considering whether the five deaths, which have been linked, are the work of one person.

    "We have now linked the five deaths," Gull said. "It's possible that we're looking for the same individual, but there may be more involved and I need to keep an open mind."

    Alderton, who had worked as a prostitute, was three months pregnant when her naked body was found in the woods outside Ipswich, about 70 miles northeast of London. Police said they did believe her pregnancy was relevant to the inquiry, "however sad it may be," Cheer said.

    The body of Gemma Adams, 25, was found Dec. 2 in a stream; Tania Nichol, 19, was discovered six days later, in a pond. Alderton was found Dec. 10; the bodies of Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29, were found near a busy road on Dec. 12.

    Police have established the cause of death in just two of the five cases: Alderton was strangled, and Clennell died as a result of "compression to the neck."

    Before a soccer match at the Ipswich's stadium, near the red-light district, the crowd of about 25,000 fell silent for a minute in respect for the victims.

    Before a referee's whistle signaled the start of the silence, the Right Rev. Richard Lewis, bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, led a prayer for the five women, whose names he slowly read aloud.

    "And we pray for ourselves, and our community, as we come to grips, and that there may be peace and justice in our world. Amen."
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    Don't know. Don't care. But I got the cure for what ails him:
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    I guess what I'm saying is that killers like this don't generally jump into things on this scale, there's typically a buildup of some sort. Kill one here, wait a while, then another there, wait not quite as long (feeling more comfortable with it) then another, etc. I'm wondering where he hid the bodies before now.
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    British Police Get More Time on Suspect
    By MAX NASH
    Associated Press Writer
    The Associated Press
    Updated: 10:12 p.m. ET Dec 20, 2006
    IPSWICH, England - A British judge on Wednesday granted detectives a further 36 hours to question one of the two suspects in custody in connection with the slaying of five prostitutes.

    Greater Suffolk Coroner Dr. Peter Dean held inquests into the deaths of Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell, and Annette Nicholls. An inquest into the death of the fifth victim, Gemma Adams, was opened last week.

    Police arrested a 37-year-old one-time volunteer policeman on Monday. On Tuesday, they arrested a 48-year-old man who lived in Ipswich's red-light district and who neighbors said was frequently seen washing his car.

    All five women had been working as prostitutes and their naked bodies were found in rural areas around the town of Ipswich over a period of about 10 days beginning Dec. 2. Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said both men were suspects in all five murders.

    At a closed-door hearing, a judge granted investigators extra time to interview the second suspect arrested on Tuesday, Suffolk police spokeswoman Lisa Miller said.

    Miller said a similar review of the custody status of man arrested Monday is scheduled for Thursday. Neither man has been charged or formally identified.

    At the inquest hearing, detective Superintendent Andy Henwood said officers were determined to identify the killer or killers of the five young women as quickly as possible.

    "The murder of five young women in such circumstances over such a short period of time is unique not only in Suffolk, but in the country as a whole," Henwood told the inquest at Ipswich Crown Court. "This has prompted a massive police investigation utilizing resources from many agencies."

    News reports have identified the first suspect as Tom Stephens, a part-time taxi driver, supermarket worker and former special constable _ a volunteer police officer. He was arrested at a village outside of Ipswich. He was quoted in an interview with the Sunday Mirror newspaper as saying he knew all the victims, and regarded himself as their protector.

    The second suspect was identified as Steve Wright by Britain's Press Association and other media including Sky News and the British Broadcasting Corp.

    Wright worked as a forklift driver and had lived in the area since September, the BBC reported.

    Neighbors said the man was often seen washing his dark blue Ford Mondeo, which was seized by police on Tuesday.

    Three of the bodies were found near the main road and the rail line between Ipswich and Trimley; the two others were discovered near the same road in areas south and southwest of Ipswich.

    Clennell, 24, died of compression to her neck, and Alderton, 24, was strangled, a senior pathologist determined. Post-mortem examinations of the bodies of Nicol, 19, and Nicholls, 29, reached no conclusion on the cause of death.

    An inquest into the death of Adams, 25, was opened and adjourned last week. The pathologist reached no conclusion about the cause of her death.

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    British Charge Man in Prostitute Murders
    The Associated Press
    Updated: 5:43 p.m. ET Dec 21, 2006
    IPSWICH, England - Authorities charged a 48-year-old man with the murder of five prostitutes, whose bodies were recovered near in this English town earlier this month, police said Thursday.

    Police identified the man as Steve Wright, who was arrested in Ipswich Tuesday. They released a 37-year-old man detained on Monday, named in news reports as Tom Stephens.

    All five victims had been working as prostitutes, and their naked bodies were found in rural areas around Ipswich over a period of about 10 days beginning Dec. 2.

    Three of the bodies were found near the main road and the rail line between Ipswich and Trimley; the two others were discovered near the same road in areas south and southwest of Ipswich.
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