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Thursday 25 December 2014

Crossbow cannibal 'was studying Jack the Ripper'

Accused: Stephen Griffiths
Accused: Stephen Griffiths
Police officers search the streets around the property of a man arrested on suspicion of murder in Bradford.
Police forensic officers attend the property of a man arrested on suspicion of murder in Bradford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 27, 2010. Stephen Griffiths, 40, was arrested on suspicion of the murders of missing sex workers Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth. See PA story POLICE River. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
RETRANSMITTING AMMENDING BYLINEPolice officers search the streets around the property of a man arrested on suspicion of murder in Bradford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 27, 2010. Stephen Griffiths, 40, was arrested on suspicion of the murders of missing sex workers Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth. See PA story POLICE River. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
RETRANSMITTING AMMENDING BYLINEPolice officers and dogs search the streets around the property of a man arrested on suspicion of murder in Bradford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 27, 2010. Stephen Griffiths, 40, was arrested on suspicion of the murders of missing sex workers Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth. See PA story POLICE River. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
Media attempt to photograph a security van carrying Stephen Griffiths, 40, away from Bradford Magistrates' Court where he appeared charged with murdering prostitutes Suzanne Blamires, 36, Shelley Armitage, 31, and Susan Rushworth, 43. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 28, 2010.
Court artist impression of Stephen Griffiths, 40 as he appears at Bradford Magistrates Court where he was charged with the murders of three prostitutes, Suzanne Blamires, 36, Shelley Armitage, 31, and Susan Rushworth, 43.
West Yorkshire Police handout CCTV footage of Shelley Armitage on April 26 2010 on Rebecca Street in Bradford City Centre.
Shelley Armitage
Missing Bradford prostitute Suzanne Blamires
Missing Bradford prostitute Suzanne Blamires
Murder victims Susan Rushworth, Suzanne Blamires and Shelley Armitage

Since Stephen Griffiths' arrest over the murder of three prostitutes a picture of an introvert and a misfit has come to light.





A criminology student who was researching serial killers, he would reportedly stroll around in a long black leather coat and boast he was doing a PhD in Jack the Ripper.

The 40-year-old bachelor and mature student at Bradford University was apparently nicknamed “the weirdo”. While neighbours referred to him as an “oddball”, a “loner” and a “Goth”, reports alluded to a series of bizarre habits.

Under the alleged alter ego of ‘Ven Pariah’, he is said to have visited a website featuring pictures of more than 50 serial killers including Ian Brady, Myra Hindley and Fred and Rose West.

Other web pages set up by the suspected murderer apparently detailed dozens of notorious killings.

Griffiths, who is believed to have a psychology degree, lived alone close to Bradford's red light district.

He had apparently been renting a shabby third-floor flat in a converted mill for a number of years.

And a former neighbour said: “He suffered from depression. He said he was doing a PhD in murder and Jack the Ripper. He also said he had a girlfriend in Shipley.”

Others said he had few friends and rarely went out.

“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,” one neighbour said.

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