Britain's 'crossbow cannibal' pleads guilty to three murders

21st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British student who dubbed himself the "crossbow cannibal" admitted Tuesday to murdering three prostitutes.

Stephen Griffiths, 40, killed Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth, who all went missing in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in northern England.

Griffiths pleaded guilty to all three murders in a packed Leeds Crown Court.

The killings in Bradford evoked memories of the infamous "Yorkshire Ripper", Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Griffiths pleaded guilty to murdering Blamires, 36, by firing a crossbow bolt into her head when she tried to flee from him.

He also admitted murdering Armitage, 31, and Rushworth, 43.

He claimed he had cooked and eaten parts of his first two victims, boiling one in a pot, and ate the third one uncooked.

Griffiths, a psychology graduate researching criminology, was arrested in May at his home on the edge of Bradford's red-light district.

Police are investigating whether Griffiths might be responsible for three unsolved murders after he hinted in an interview that he had killed six women in total.

Reports in June said that he had tried to commit suicide. He had been found in his prison cell with a bag over his head and sock around his neck.

© 2010 AFP

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