Hunt goes on for calculating killer

CRIMINOLOGISTS have today confirmed that police are hunting a clever and calculating killer who could be getting his kicks from the publicity surrounding the murders.

CRIMINOLOGISTS have today confirmed that police are hunting a clever and calculating killer who could be getting his kicks from the publicity surrounding the murders.

Chris Berry-Dee, an investigative criminologist, has interviewed some of the world's most evil murderers for his book, Talking to Serial Killers.

Speaking after the discovery of the body in Nacton last night, he said: “If you have three bodies you've now got, by FBI standards, a serial killer on the loose.”

He believes the killer is targeting prostitutes as they are easy prey.


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He said: “They provide vulnerable easy targets for an angry man, who could well be a single man, probably in his early 30s, who is probably harbouring a grudge against women.

“These sort of people look for easy prey and this is a very easy target for them.

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“We've seen this with Peter Sutcliffe and killers in the USA in the past.

“Unfortunately the lesson has not been learned and women are still falling prey to these monsters.”

He added: “It's the same thing with these offenders, they pick women up, they use them and then they throw them away like rubbish.

“The message for women has to be 'do not go out on the streets looking for punters because you are leaving yourself open to homicide'.”

Mr Berry-Dee also believes that the killer could be taking pleasure in the media coverage his killings are receiving.

He said: “This man is probably watching the TV news right now. He will be the first one to go to the newsagents in the morning to see what coverage he has got.

“He's going to be looking, gloating and proud of what he's done. He's probably keeping these newspaper cuttings somewhere.”

Mr Berry-Dee also said he believed that the location of the first two bodies suggest this is a man who knows what he is doing.

He said: “He could well be forensically aware, he will know that by putting bodies in water a lot of the evidence could be washed away.”

But he also believes that the net could be closing in on the killer following the discovery of the third body.

He said: “Obviously the more bodies you've recovered, the more evidence you have to link them to one particular person.”

Another criminologist, Professor David Wilson, visited the scenes where Tania and Gemma's bodies were found yesterday and he echoed Barry-Dee's sentiments by saying the murderer is obviously getting rid of a great deal of the evidence.

He said: “My overwhelming impression is that this is someone who's very confident about what he's doing, either because he lives in this area or works in this area and is familiar with the road system.

“He must have realised the river was deep enough and strong enough to carry a body so it would not be seen from the bridge.”

Speaking specifically about Ipswich, he said: “There's a lot of through traffic in this area.

“The main thing for me is this is someone who's very confident about this road system, being in charge, and disposing of the bodies without being caught.”

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