Pathologist prepares for post-mortem of victims of "Jack the Ripper 2"

Police ars shocked at the rate of the killings. The Yorkshire Ripper in the late 1970s killed five prostitutes in the space of six weeks (he went on to kill 13 women in total) whereas the current serial killer has killed at least five prostitutes in the space of six DAYS. He even surpasses the notorious Jack the Ripper, who took quite a bit longer to murder five prostitutes.

Times Online

December 13, 2006

Dr Nat Carey (centre) has been working with scene-of-crime officers today (Terry Bradford/AFP/Getty Images)

Pathologist prepares for Ipswich post-mortem

Elsa McLaren and Adam Fresco

A top Home Office pathologist was preparing tonight to carry out post-mortems on the bodies of the two latest victims of a Suffolk serial killer thought to have murdered five Ipswich prostitutes.

Police believe the two women are the sex workers Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29, but their formal identification has been delayed as forensic teams painstakingly comb the wasteland where the bodies were found yesterday, 150 yards apart.

As darkness fell, a private ambulance removed the body of one of the women, taking it for examination at Ipswich hospital by Dr Nat Carey, who also performed post-mortems on Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, the two schoolgirls killed in Soham by Ian Huntley in 2002.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull, who is leading the inquiry, said that families of the two women had been "forewarned to expect the worst".

He said it was important that Dr Carey carry out the post-mortems since he also examined the bodies of the first three victims.

The Suffolk Police team today began sifting through a "vast volume of information" from more than 2,000 phone calls from members of the public.

All day today, the two bodies remained where they were found just yards from the A14, although they were covered by two white tents to protect them from the weather.

Several scenes-of-crime officers dressing in white forensic suits stood outside each tent inside a large police cordon.

Mr Gull said earlier today: "In some respects it seems callous to leave the bodies in the open like this. We are trying to provide as much evidence as possible. They need to remain there.

"We need to find out who is responsible and the best way we can do that is by taking our time."

Soil samples and vegetation were taken from the scene for forensic examination to see if they had come from another area, brought by the killer, as detectives tried to piece together possible clues.

Mr Gull used a press conference this morning to repeat his appeal for anyone with information to contact police.

He said that between 6am and 11pm yesterday, 2,199 phone calls were made to Suffolk Police as part of the largest murder investigation in its history.

"Our task is to sift through this vast volume of information, to prioritise our inquiries into these murders," Mr Gull said.

"In each of the three murder inquiries we have a significant gap between when the women were last seen and the discovery of their bodies. We need to find out where these women were between these times."

Last night three prostitutes were reported missing, but following police inquiries all have been traced and are safe and well.

The women's murders have happened at a rate unprecedented in modern British criminal history.

The first two victims, Gemma Adams, 25, and Tania Nichol, 19, disappeared from the Ipswich red-light district in October and November. Their naked bodies were found two miles apart in the same stream earlier this month.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that the naked body of a woman found in woods at nearby Nacton on Sunday was that of Anneli Alderton, 24.

Police have today released a new photograph of Ms Alderton, who came from Colchester, Essex, which they hope will unearth information about the days leading up to her death.

Though the victims have been killed in different ways – Ms Alderton was strangled but the bodies of Ms Adams and Ms Nichol show no signs of physical trauma – there is little doubt that a serial killer is at large.

The bodies have all been dumped close to the A12 and A14 to the south of Ipswich.

There was speculation last night that the killer may have held the bodies of the women before dumping them.

Mr Gull spoke today of the moment when he heard the two bodies were discovered yesterday.

"I was in a meeting with other commanders when I heard this breaking news," he said. "There was stunned silence. Tragic desperate news. I now fear the worst."

Mr Gull said that Suffolk Police was getting good support from the public, media and colleagues in other forces. He said that a reward of 25,000 [[$50,000]] has been offered by the News of the World newspaper.

Suffolk has a force of only 1,300 officers and more than 30 officers have been seconded through the national mutual aid agreement with many more on their way.

Mr Gull said the killer had so far only targeted prostitutes and there was no suggestion that other women might be at risk. But he added: "We are coming into the festive period and people are going to be out and about. We would advise them to take care."

The TimesDecember 13, 2006
Suffolk murders

Sex worker killer matches toll of Victorian Jack the Ripper

Murders bear an eerie resemblance to those of Jack the Ripper (who also killed 5 prostitutes like the current murderer) and a 1960s killer known as Jack the Stripper (who dumped his prostitute victims' bodies naked, just like the current killer)

Stewart Tendler, Crime Correspondent

Jack the Ripper - whose killings remain unsolved - killed 5 prostitutes in the dark streets of Victorian London in 1888. Queen Victoria herself criticised the police's handling of the case

In little more than a month the Ipswich murderer has managed to equal the grisly record of Jack the Ripper more than a century ago.

Jack the Ripper, like his modern counterpart, struck in red light areas, picking up prostitutes who worked in the gaslit streets of East London in the 1880s.

His five attacks took place through the summer and autumn of 1888. Despite his appearances on the streets of Whitechapel the women continued to ply for trade.

Each of the girls was killed and eviscerated. In one frenzied night in September 1888, the Ripper struck twice.

He taunted Scotland Yard but he was never caught. Criticism of the police failure was even voiced by Queen Victoria and the commissioner of the day was forced to retire.

In the early 1960s, Scotland Yard failed to track down another killer, named Jack the Stripper, who attacked prostitutes in West London and who may have killed at least seven. All were picked up in red light areas, murdered, stripped and stored possibly in a garage before being left in the Thames or alleyways.

The struggle to catch Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, who struck in red-light areas in the 1970s and early 1980s was also dogged by police failures. Sutcliffe killed 13 women, often striking them with a hammer and gouging or stabbing them.

Almost all were prostitutes working in Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and Huddersfield. Police repeatedly blundered and in the aftermath of the capture of Sutcliffe, now in Broadmoor, a highly critical report led to a national overhaul of major investigations.

In 2003 Tony Hardy, the Bin Bag Killer, was caught after luring three prostitutes to his council flat. He was also nicknamed the Camden Ripper and was eventually jailed.

John Haigh, the Acid Bath Killer, horrified Britain in the post-war 1940s. He admitted killing nine times, often to steal cash. Victims' bodies were dissolved in a bath of acid.

Twenty years later the Moors Murderers, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, killed five. In the 1970s homosesxual killer Dennis Nilsen killed 15 young men after luring them to his homes in North London.
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Suffolk Ripper: global reaction

Borneo Bulletin ... news has spread globally

December 13, 2006

THE Suffolk ripper has fuelled a huge response from media around the world.

In Australia The Sydney Morning Herald said:

"British police hunting a possible serial killer targeting prostitutes said they found two more bodies and that they believed five sex workers had now been found dead in the last ten days."

Melbourne's Herald Sun reported: "Women were yesterday warned not to walk alone after dark as the hunt for a Ripper-style serial killer took another sinister turn.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said: "British police have discovered two more bodies as they hunt for a serial killer who preys on prostitutes.

The latest bodies bring the total number to five, police said Tuesday."

American news network CNN reported that Paula Clennell had voiced her fears in a televised interview just days before she vanished in Ipswich.

South African news website IOL said the killings carry grisly echoes of the horrors of Jack the Ripper, the infamous 19th-century murderer of east London prostitutes. highlighted the rich football heritage of the area where the prostitutes were taken from saying: "In the red light district around the Portman Road stadium, where Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey once led Ipswich Town to footballing glory, there was no sign of working girls on the street on Tuesday night."

The news has even been reported in such places as Borneo (The Borneo Bulletin), Israel (Jerusalem Post), Czech Republic (, United Arab Emirates (Khaleej Times), Lebanon (, China (China Business Weekly), Qatar (The Peninsula), Japan (Japan Today), Turkey ( and India (Calcutta Telegraph).
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