Steve Wright

Steve Wright
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Steve Wright, a violent male transvestite, was convicted of murdering five women in Ipswich over six weeks in 2006. 

Wright, 49, was given a whole life jail term Ipswich Crown Court in 2008 for the murder of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls.

At sentencing Mr Justice Gross, said: “This was a targeted campaign of murder. It is right you should spend your whole life in prison.”

Dr Glenn Wilson, a consultant psychologist, commented in The Daily Telegraph that Wright’s motive was almost certainly sexual, and that he strangled the women to satisfy a long-standing fetish.

Wright was well known to women selling sex in Ipswich, many of whom were afraid of him because of his behaviour including cruising the streets dressed in high heels, PVC skirts and a wig or sitting naked in his car with the headlights on.

Wright had a history of domestic violence against his former wife, Diane Cassell. A former friend recalled that “Steve used to strangle Diane right in front of us. He would pin her up against the wall and put both hands around her throat. There were at least three times when he did it in front of witnesses. It would end when either my ex-husband or I would pull him off or he would come to his senses.”

In 2001, Wright worked as a barman in Kent where he was sacked for stealing hundreds of pounds. He received 100 hours of community service for the offence. The DNA sample he provided when he was convicted of the theft was still held on a criminal database and he was arrested when it matched DNA found at the murder scenes.

Media reports:

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk/content/articles/2008/02/21/steve_wright_guilty_profile_feature.shtml

BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/7258115.stm

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-33025298

Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1579403/Steve-Wright-A-real-Jekyll-and-Hyde.html

Daily Express http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1663/Police-probe-links-between-two-strangler-suspects

Daily Express http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/325593/Strangler-killed-more-than-Ripper