Steven Wright As defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, Wikipedia, and my mate Dave, the term 'serial' refers to a repetitive and continuous entity which can be predictable and formulaic by either nature, or design. Like 'soap operas' or'killers' for example. Here, check out this 60 minute documentary made in 2012, to see what I mean by this. It's corn-flake-tastic.

Serial Killers: Hunting Britons and Their Victims

Criminology professors, David Wilson, made a very important prediction in 2006, relating to the crimes of the Suffolk Stranger, Steven Wright.

"From what has been presented to us so far, I am sure that this killer has killed before".

Today, David is on a quest to find out if his past prediction was correct or not. However, for this crime expert to be able to accomplish this task, he has to travels around the lo-cal in question, and interview a number of people who are attuned to these ghastly events. Such as: CSI Specialist: Helen Pepper; the Detective associated with this case: Robert Lambert; Sex-Worker Out-reach Officer: Debbie Chedgay; plus Professor Glen Wilson, Jade Reynolds, Trevor Saunders, and John Bettles. 

What now follows is a basic overly of this program:

What was the crime?   Between 30 October and 10 December, 2006, five women were murdered in Ipswitch, Suffolk, England, all by the same hand.

What was Ipswitch like at the time?   Now this North Eastern part of England did have a very low murder rate, plus a police force which was unprepared to deal with this type of repetitive crime.
Who was the culprit?   A 46 year old forklift truck driver called Steven Gerald James Wright, who admitted to sleeping with each of the women, but never admitted in killing any of them. He was known to be a cross-dresser on occasion.

Who were Stevens victims?
  • Tania Nicol's was a 19 year old runaway who disappeared on 30th of October, 2006, and was discovered on 8th of December, dead, by the side of Copdock Mill River.
  • Gemma Rose Adams, 25, was last seen by her partner of ten years, John, on the 15th of November, 2006. Her body turned up on the 2nd of December in a river at Hintlesham.
  • Anneli Sarag Alderton was a pregnant 24 year old mother of one who was last seen on the 3rd of December in Colchester. Alderton's body was found on the 10th of December in a wood-land near Nacton.
  • Annette Nicholls was a 29 year old mother of one who went missing from her home town of Ipswich on the 8th of December, 2006. She turned up on the 12th of December near Levington, dead.
  • On the 10th of December, 2006, 24 year old Paula Lucille Clennell went missing from her hometown of Ipswich. Clennell's body was found on 12th of December near Levington on the same day as Nicholls'.

Did the five victims have anything in common?   Quite a lot actually, for example: (1) There bodies were found in a wooded area or by a river. (2) No sexual assault was committed prior to their deaths. (3) The women were discovered naked and occasionally posed. (4) Most of the women died from strangulation. (5) All of the victims where prostitutes and has a continual drug habit. And (6) Some of them were seen with a cross-dressing client.

Can David Wilson connect these murders to any other murders?   Yes. Michelle Bettles was this poor prostitute's name, and she was found strangled to death by the side of a river in Norfolk, on March, 2002. She was 22 years old at the time, plus told her mother before her demise that one of her clients was a 'cross-dresser'.

Please note, Steven Write lived in Norfolk at this time of Michelle's murder, situated in the heart of the Red-Light district, just as he did when he moved to Ipswich some years later.

Not a coincidence.

Now I have to be completely honest with you, I was not going to watch 'Killers Behind Bars - The Suffolk Strangler', because my mind is already ablaze with all things 'Jack the Ripper' related (click here for this section). However, when I saw a promo piece advertising this program, stating that it was about a killer who most probably killed before, it was due my own previous 'Jack-facts', which prompted me to then sit down and watch it.

You see, I have always thought that dear old Jack killed a lot more people than the specialist's said he did. Some say it was only three. The consensus says that it was most probably five. And the police have him down for killing nine. See? Even a series of killings that is as well documented and as well researched as Jacks is, prompts some controversy in the murder-stakes!

The Victims of Steven Wright

As for David Wilson's theory about Steven Wright though, I am not too sure really? Well, this documentary did state two things' that kind of contradicted itself in part. Firstly, that the Ipswitch police force wasn't adept to commence this type of investigation, yet they were still able to find someone to arrest. And secondly, by his own admission, Steve Wright did say that he came into contact with most of the victims when he hired them for their services. Therefore, the DNA evidence was substantiated by a plausible alibi.

Listen, I am not trying to say that Steven is an innocent man by any stretch of the imagination (unlike this chap here, Instead, I'm just stating for the record that this program is under the presumption that Steven is already the murderer, without really giving us any of the details as to why this is so (apart from the DNA evidence of course).

David Wilson

As for everything else associated with 'Killers Behind Bars - The Suffolk Strangler'? Well? That was right up my alley, mainly because of the host of this show, David Wilson.

To me, David is just like me when I look at all things associated with Jack the Ripper. He's excitable. He's passionate. He's thoughtful. He's a humanist. And he has that charming way about him that is just very enjoyable to watch.

I found that there were a couple of sections within this program that highlighted this aspect about David quite well all in all. Like the compassionate way he spoke to John Bettles for instance. Or his very energetic demeanor when he conversed with his fellow experts in the field.

Honestly, by in large this is a very well put together crime documentary to watch. It's very well presented. It imparts a very convincing argument. It's very nice to watch. And that is the reason why I will be continuing to review the subsequent two programs associated with this series.

So stay tuned crime fans, I have a feeling that more great things are yet to come.