Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

'Crossbow cannibal' to die in jail

'Crossbow cannibal' Stephen Griffiths was jailed for life after admitting to the murder of three prostitutes
Suzanne Blamires was a victim of Griffiths
Shelley Armitage was killed by Griffiths

A postgraduate student who killed, dismembered and ate parts of three prostitutes has been told he will die in prison.

Stephen Griffiths, 40, who referred to himself as the "crossbow cannibal" after the method he used to kill one of his victims, was told he will never be released after carrying out the "wicked and monstrous" crimes.

The former public schoolboy lured sex workers Suzanne Blamires, 36, Shelley Armitage, 31, and Susan Rushworth, 43, to his flat in Bradford where he used knives and power tools to butcher the women in his bath.

A packed Leeds Crown Court, where Griffiths admitted the murders, heard that he boasted to police that he cooked body parts and ate some raw.

Griffiths dumped Ms Blamires's dismembered body in the River Aire at Shipley, about five miles from his home in Thornton Road, Bradford. Police divers eventually found 81 pieces of her.

But only a small fragment of Ms Armitage's body has ever been found.

No trace of Ms Rushworth has ever been found apart from blood splatterings in Griffiths's flat.

In court on Tuesday, one distraught relative confronted Griffiths in the dock as the gruesome details were revealed in full while others wept uncontrollably as the horrific nature of his depraved crimes were outlined.

Speaking after the case, detectives were asked whether Griffiths could have killed more.

They said they had no evidence to link Griffiths with any other unsolved murders or missing persons, but said the next stage of their inquiry is to explore any possible links and to talk to the serial killer.

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