February 21, 2008
Forty-nine year-old forklift driver Steve Wright has been convicted for the murders of five prostitutes — Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell, and Annette Nicholls — in the town of Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
Wright admitted having sex with four of the victims, which he says explains why his DNA was found on their bodies. But he could not explain why blood from two of the women was found on his jacket, or why fibers from his clothing, furniture, and cars were found on all five victims.
Family of some of the victims are calling for the death penalty, but that may have to wait while police investigate four other murders and disappearances going back to 1992.
Natalie Pearman, Kelly Pratt, Michelle Bettles, and Mandy Duncan all either disappeared or were found murdered in the 10 years from 1992 to 2002. All were working as prostitutes at the time, and all either knew steve Wright or frequented areas where he worked.
Criminologist Professor David Wilson observed that it’s unusual for someone in their late forties to just start killing. “Serial murder is usually a young man’s business.”
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