#1Dec 22nd, 2010
Leeds Crown Court yesterday sentenced the Crossbow Cannibal to die in jail.
Deranged Stephen Griffiths, 40, murdered prostitutes Susan Rushworth, 43, Shelley Armitage, 31, and Suzanne Blamires, 36 with a crossbow before eating some of their body parts.
Susan disappeared on 22nd June 2009, Shelley on 26th April this year and Suzanne on 21st May this year in Bradford. Griffiths lured them back to his flat where he killed them with a crossbow, stabbed them and butchered them with power tools.
However, Griffiths - who called himself Ven Pariah - has confessed that he has actually killed six women in total.
The details of the sheer and utter depravity of the monster were told to a shocked court.
Before mutliating them, he took photos of their bodies. Shelley, killed between April and May, was captured naked in the bath with her hands tied behind her back and the words “My sex slave” sprayed with black paint on her back. In the video, Griffiths can be heard saying: “I am Ven Pariah, I am the bloodbath artist. Here’s a model assisting me.”
Griffiths also boasted that he cooked and ate parts of his victims.
Prosecutor Robert Smith QC told the court: “He said with Blamires ‘I just went for it. The third one tried eating bits raw. The creature that I was... chopped and churned... some eaten raw I don’t know after that. It was just a slaughterhouse in the bath tub just like the other two. I remember killing and dismembering Amber and eating some bits of her.’ ”
He thought Amber was the name of Suzanne Blamires.
Griffiths told police he butchered his first victim Susan between June 2009 and May 2010, at his flat but the cooker broke as he tried to bake her.
He murdered Suzanne in May. The prosecutor told Leeds crown court that 81 different parts of her body, including her spine and hands, were found in or by the River Aire in Shipley, Bradford. A worker had spotted a holdall in the water and her skinless head fell out.
Griffiths was a mature student studying criminology and idolised the Yorkshire Ripper. The Yorkshire Ripper murdered three of his 13 female victims in Bradford in 1977, 1978 and 1979.
As the harrowing details emerged, Susan’s daughter, Kirsty, 21, stormed out of court screaming abuse at Griffiths. Her brother also fled.
Griffiths was given a life sentence for each of the murders and will now join the Yorkshire Ripper, and other monsters such as Ian Huntley, Dennis Nilsen, Rosemary West and Ian Brady, in rotting in jail until he's dead.
There are now about 35 prisoners in England and Wales who are to die behind bars, the punishment which replaces the death penalty.
Crossbow Cannibal's victims were cut up and eaten
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Nutcase: Griffiths is to spend the rest of his natural life behind bars
Relatives of the three prostitutes murdered by Stephen Griffiths sobbed yesterday as horrific details of how he butchered and ate their bodies were revealed in court.
The self-styled Crossbow Cannibal skinned his victims, chopped up their bodies and cooked them before gorging on their flesh. He also ate some parts raw.
Deranged psychology graduate Griffiths even filmed some of the sick rituals at his home which he chillingly described to police as the “slaughterhouse”.
And the 40-year-old former public schoolboy, who idolised Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, boasted to detectives that cannibalism was “part of the magic” of killing Susan Rushworth, 43, Shelley Armitage, 31, and Suzanne Blamires, 36.
L-R: Susan Rushworth, 43; Suzanne Blamires, 36 and Shelley Armitage, 31 were all murdered by the Crossbow Cannibal. Photograph: West Yorkshire Police/PA
The harrowing details were outlined by prosecutor Robert Smith QC after Griffiths admitted murdering the women.
Mr Smith said: “He told police, ‘I or part of me was responsible for the murders of Susan Rushworth, Shelley Armitage and this Suzanne Blamires whose name I thought was Amber.
“He said of the murders… they were ‘horrific, butchered, dismembered’... eating parts of all three of them.
“He said with Blamires ‘I just went for it. The third one tried eating bits raw. The creature that I was... chopped and churned... some eaten raw I don’t know after that. It was just a slaughterhouse in the bath tub just like the other two. I remember killing and dismembering Amber and eating some bits of her.’”
Forensics experts take photographs outside Griffiths' flats
As the harrowing details emerged, Susan’s daughter, Kirsty, 21, stormed out of court screaming abuse at Griffiths – who was caged for the rest of his life for the grotesque murders. Her brother also fled.
The serial killer, who called himself Ven Pariah and bragged to police that he had murdered six women, lured the victims back to his flat in Bradford where he shot them with a crossbow, stabbed them and butchered them with power tools.
He filmed the bodies of his victims before mutilating them. Shelley, killed between April and May, was captured naked in the bath with her hands tied behind her back and the words “My sex slave” sprayed with black paint on her back. One shocked cop told how a running commentary accompanied the vile footage. Griffiths is heard saying: “I am Ven Pariah, I am the bloodbath artist. Here’s a model assisting me.” In another video, the court heard, he is seen stroking the naked backside of one woman.
The mature PhD student, who was writing a thesis on serial killers, told police he butchered his first victim Susan between June 2009 and May 2010, at his flat but the cooker broke as he tried to bake her.
The crossbow Griffiths used to kill his victims.
He chopped off her nose and ears and ate her thighs. Griffiths gave the oven away and went without one for six months until a neighbour gave him a replacement. He told police if they looked at that cooker they would probably find human remains inside. Her body has never been found. Griffiths claimed it was burned in his garden.
He murdered Suzanne in May. The prosecutor told Leeds crown court that 81 different parts of her body, including her spine and hands, were found in or by the River Aire in Shipley. A worker had spotted a holdall in the water and her skinless head fell out.
A broken knife and crossbow bolt were still embedded in the skull.
When officers asked where Suzanne’s body was, Griffiths said: “She’s gone.”
Mr Smith added: “He said he’d eaten some of her and that she was the third one he had cannibalised. He said, ‘That’s part of the magic. I don’t know.’”
Police later found a piece of Shelley’s spine in the same river as Suzanne. She was last seen alive in April. The killing spree came to an end after he was caught on CCTV shooting Suzanne in the head with his crossbow and dragging her body into his flat.
Clearly aware the game was up, he arrogantly waved his weapon at the camera. Police raided his flat after a horrified caretaker spotted the killing on CCTV and called 999.
When armed officers stormed his home, Griffiths shouted from his bedroom: “I’m Osama bin Laden.”
Thirty knives and two crossbows were found. At the station he told police: “This is the end of the line for me. I killed a lot more than Suzanne Blamires. I killed loads. Peter Sutcliffe (the Yorkshire Ripper) came a cropper in Sheffield, so did I.
“At least I got out of the city. There is a civil war going on inside him involving Stephen Griffiths and Ven Pariah.”
When asked why he had killed the women, he replied: “I don’t know but sometimes you kill someone to kill yourself, it’s deep issues inside me.” But he told officers that, unlike Sutcliffe, his mission was not to clean the streets of prostitutes. Griffiths, who looked weak and several stones lighter after a three-week hunger strike, continued his astonishing arrogance in court even as he entered his pleas of guilty, despite knowing he was likely to spend the rest of his days in jail.
He stared at the devastated families in the public gallery and sneered: “Who you looking at?” Shelley’s dad Daryl lunged forward, pointed at the killer and screamed: “You’re a d***head.”
Giving Griffiths three life sentences, judge Mr Justice Openshaw said: “The circumstances of these murders are so wicked and monstrous they leave me in no doubt the defendant should be kept in prison for the rest of his life.”
Imposing a whole life tariff, he added: “He has never said he regretted his actions or said in even the most perfunctory way he was sorry.”
After the hearing Suzanne’s mum, Nicky Blamires, said: “Our daughter was deeply loved and her death has left a huge hole in our lives. This will be the first Christmas we have spent without Suzanne in 36 years. I will never get over her loss. I wake up and think about my bright, articulate, much-loved daughter every day. I am serving a life sentence as a result of what that man has done.”
Griffiths being questioned by cops
Shelley’s mum Gill Armitage added: “Our daughter was very much loved and will be very sadly missed.
“Unfortunately she took the wrong path at the age of 16 when she became a victim of heroin. Her death will haunt us for the rest of our lives.”
Susan’s mother Christine Thompson said in a statement: “Susan went missing more than 12 months ago and as a family we still don’t know where she is.
“We have not been able to put our daughter to rest because she has not been found, so we want to appeal to this man to tell us what he has done with Susan.
“She was a loving mother, daughter and sister. Our lives will never be the same without her and we are sure the stress and strain of the last 12 months contributed to the death of her father, Barry, who died on 18 July. His final words were to ask for Susan and what grieves the family most of all is that Griffiths took away the opportunity for him to speak to her before he died.
“We hope that other women will see what has happened and move away from drugs and prostitution.”
Griffiths was told as a teenager he suffered a “severe personality disorder”. He had been sent to a psychiatric hospital after being sentenced to three years youth custody for slashing a store manager’s neck with a knife when caught stealing. He told the Probation Service that he had fantasies and was preoccupied with “multiple murder”.
In 1991, one doctor said Griffiths was a “sadistic, schizoid, psychopath”.
He has a conviction for carrying an air pistol and was jailed in 1992 for holding a knife to a girl’s neck.
Griffiths has tried to kill himself five times since his arrest, even swallowing four batteries from his radio – which are still inside him.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Dec 22nd, 2010 at 12:32 PM..