Goth 'who talked of doing PhD in murder'. As police tore apart Stephen Griffiths's grubby third-floor flat last night, the picture emerging of him was that of a classic loner. The 40-year-old bachelor led a solitary lifestyle in his down-at-heel flat. Neighbours described curly haired Griffiths as a 'bit of a Goth' who claimed he was doing a 'PhD in murder'.
Last night officers were checking the suspect's mental health records, amid unconfirmed reports that he may have spent time in a psychiatric unit. Stephen Shaun Griffiths was born on Christmas Eve 1969, the first of three children of Moira Dewhirst and Stephen Griffiths who had married three months earlier in the West Yorkshire mill town of Dewsbury. Tall and rangy, with dark curly hair, he is described by fellow residents as an oddball who had few friends and hardly went out. One resident said: 'He seemed like a fairly affable man but he wouldn't really pass the time of day and was pretty quiet.
'He would go out and make friends with some of the prostitutes and streetwalkers that ply their trade at the bottom of the road and they seemed to like him and he was always in conversation with them.' But residents living in the flats said he had some strange habits and kept a menagerie of animals in his untidy one-bedroom apartment. One said: 'He bred mice in his flat and he would feed these to a few lizards that he had wandering around his apartment. 'He loved those lizards and to be truthful he was a bit of an overgrown Goth - someone who didn't seem to have quite grown up despite his age, more from this source....
The murder of one of three missing prostitutes was captured on CCTV, it emerged today. Police are understood to be scrutinising the footage after the remains of Suzanne Blamires, 36, were found floating in a river in Bradford. Stephen Griffiths, 40, is being held on suspicion of her murder. Officers are also investigating the disappearance of Shelley Armitage, 31, who vanished a month ago, and of Susan Rushworth, 43, who has not been seen for almost a year.
All three were friends and worked in the red light district of Bradford - the industrial heartland of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe's reign of terror 30 years ago. The murders of three other women stretching back 20 years were also being probed.
Griffiths was held on Monday by armed police. Witnesses said he was hauled outside and lay face down at gunpoint in the communal hallway. A neighbour said: 'As he was taken away he had his usual blank, cold expression on his face. There was no surprise, shock or emotion.'
The 40-year-old van driver claimed he was doing a PhD in murder and had been nicknamed 'the weirdo' by neighbours. The inquiry took a dramatic twist on Tuesday when a member of the public saw human remains floating in the River Aire. Police forensic officers later recovered a 'number of parts from a single woman's body'.
It is believed that a woman's head was found inside a rucksack on the riverbank. The area was sealed off and police have now found almost an entire body at the scene. Police confirmed today that the body was that of Miss Blamires. A police spokesman said this morning: 'An examination of human remains recovered from the River Aire have confirmed a positive match to Suzanne Blamires.
'Inquiries into the incident remain ongoing and a 40-year-old man remains under arrest in custody. 'He is being questioned on suspicion of the murder of Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth.' Less than 24 hours after the discovery, Assistant Chief Constable Jawaid Akhtar, of West Yorkshire Police, announced the suspect was being questioned about the murders of all three women. He said: 'This is a very thorough and painstaking inquiry into three missing people who are sex workers, with all the necessary resources and expertise devoted to it.' more from this source.....
The 40-year-old criminology student with a special interest in Jack the Ripper was charged Thursday by British police in the deaths of three prostitutes, including one victim whose death from a crossbow bolt to the head was captured on security camera. Local media reported the security footage shows Suzanne Blamires, 36, being chased in a corridor outside her flat in Bradford, England and knocked to the floor
Police believe that Blamires's body was dismembered and thrown into a nearby river. Human remains were discovered in the water Tuesday about 5 km from Blamires's home. The Telegraph reported that they included a human head in a rucksack. The killing took place early Saturday morning. The footage was discovered Monday morning by a building superintendent reviewing tape from the weekend.
Stephen Griffiths was arrested that afternoon. Police charged Griffiths with the murders of Blamires and two other prostitutes in the last year. He will appear in court Friday. Griffiths has told the police that he ate at least some of his victims, the Times of London reported.
Thus far, authorities and neighbours have painted a portrait of Griffiths that verges on clichéd. He was studying criminology, with an emphasis on homicide, and told acquaintances that he was doing “a PhD in Jack the Ripper.” He had a fascination with Nazi symbology and famous serial killers that he expressed online under the handle “Ven Pariah.”
“Humanity is not merely a biological condition. It is also a state of mind,” Griffiths/Pariah wrote in one post. “On that basis I am a pseudo-human at best. A demon at worst.” Locals told reporters that Griffiths was a familiar presence in the neighbourhood because of his habitual outfit of round glasses and black leather overcoat. He was known as a loner who kept up to 100 rats at a time in a large trunk to feed his pet lizards, more from this source.....
"Jack the Ripper" is the best known pseudonym given to an unidentified serial killer active in the largely impoverished districts in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The name originated in a letter by someone claiming to be the murderer that was disseminated in the media. The letter is widely considered to be a hoax, and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the story. Other pseudonyms used for the killer at the time were "The Whitechapel Murderer" and "Leather Apron".
Attacks ascribed to the Ripper typically involved women prostitutes from the slums whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The removal of internal organs from at least three of the victims led to proposals that their killer possessed anatomical or surgical knowledge. As the murders were never solved, the legends surrounding them became a combination of genuine historical research, folklore, and pseudohistory. The term "ripperology" was coined to describe the study and analysis of the Ripper cases.
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