of five men and one cat.
the beginning of 1993. That year, while living in Southend, he started frequenting The Coleherne pub, a gay pub in west London. It was known
as a place where men cruised for sexual partners and wore colour coded handkerchiefs that indicated their preferred role. Ireland sought men
who liked the passive role and sadomasochism, so he could readily restrain them as they initially believed it was a sexual game.
Ireland claimed to be heterosexual — he had been married — and that he pretended to be gay only to befriend potential victims. It is unknown
whether Ireland's murders were sexually motivated. Ireland was highly organised. He carried a full murder kit of rope and handcuffs and a full
change of clothes to each murder. After killing the victim he cleaned the flat of any forensic evidence linking him to the scene and stayed in the
flat until morning in order to avoid arousing suspicion from leaving in the middle of the night.
Murder 1: Peter Walker
over his head.
Ireland placed two teddy bears in a 69 position on the body. Ireland left Walker's dogs locked in another room. The day after the murder, he
had murdered their master.
Murder 2: Christopher Dunn
Dunn was a 37 year old librarian who lived in Wealdstone. Dunn's death was initially believed to be an accident that occurred during an erotic
game. In addition, because he lived in a different area from Walker, a different set of investigators worked on the case. For these reasons the
death was not linked to Walker's.
Murder 3: Perry Bradley III
A 35 year old businessman living in Kensington, Bradley was the son of a serving United States congressman he had met at the Colherne pub.
The two men returned to Bradley's flat, where Ireland suggested that he tie Bradley up. Bradley expressed his displeasure at the idea of
sado-masochism. In order to get Bradley to comply, Ireland told Bradley that he was unable to perform sexually without elements of bondage.
Bradley hesitantly cooperated and was soon trussed up on his own bed, face down, with a noose around his neck.
After Ireland had secured Bradley, he demanded money from him and demanded his PIN number under the threat of torture. Ireland assured
Bradley that he was merely a thief and would leave after he secured Bradley's money. After Bradley gave Ireland his PIN number, which Ireland
later used to steal £200, along with £100 in cash stolen from Bradley's flat, Ireland told Bradley that he should go to sleep, as he wouldn't be
leaving for his flat hours. Bradley eventually did fall asleep and Ireland momentarily thought of leaving Bradley unharmed. Ireland then realized
that Bradley could identify him, and he he pulled the noose that he had earlier attached around Bradley's neck and strangled him. Before
leaving Bradley's flat, he placed a doll on top of the dead man's body.
Bradley was described in police reports as heterosexual. This was not true and perhaps done to protect his family, but helped prevent the
different murders being connected.
Murder 4: Andrew Collier
Ireland, angered that he had received no publicity even after three murders, killed again within three days. At the pub he met and courted
33-year-old Andrew Collier, a housing warden, and the pair went to Collier's home in Dalston. After entering the flat there was a disturbance
outside and both men went to the window to see what it was. Ireland gripped a horizontal metal bar that ran across the window, and later
forgot to wipe the bar for prints during his usual cleanup phase. The police found this fingerprint.
Once he had tied up his victim on the bed, Ireland again demanded his victim's bank details. This time, however, his victim refused to comply.
Ireland strangled him with a noose.
Ireland left the next morning with £70, having also killed Collier's cat in an angry reaction to finding out his victim was HIV positive while Ireland
left the next morning with £70, having also killed Collier's cat in an angry reaction to finding out his victim was HIV positive while when Ireland
killed Walker and protected the dogs, by locking them in a room, the media called him an animal lover. In order to prove the media wrong, he
strangled the cat (in Collier's presence whilst he was restrained on the bed), and then strangled Collier. He put a condom on Collier's penis and
placed the dead cats' mouth over it, and placed the cat's tail into Collier's mouth.
Ireland finally left a clue for the police in the fact that he also put a condom in Collier's mouth, just as he had done to Walker, creating a visible
link between the two murders.
Murder 5: Emanuel Spiteri
The fifth victim of Ireland's series (he had read that serial killers needed at least five victims to qualify as such) was Emanuel Spiteri, aged 41, a
chef whom Ireland had met in the same pub. They went to Spiteri's flat in Hither Green, and again Spiteri was persuaded to be cuffed and
bound on his bed. Once more, Ireland demanded his bank number but did not obtain it. He again used a noose to kill his victim.
After carrying out his post-murder ritual of cleaning and clearing the scene, Ireland set fire to the flat and left. He rang the police later to tell
them to look for a body at the scene of a fire and added that he would probably not kill again.
killer who specifically targeted gay men was operating and could strike again at any time.At last the police connected all five killings, and word
spread fast among the whole of London, not just within the gay community, that a serial
Investigations revealed that Spiteri had left the pub and travelled home with his killer by train, and a security video successfully captured the
two of them on the railway platform at Charing Cross station. Ireland recognised himself and decided to tell police he was the man with Spiteri
but not the killer — he claimed to have left Spiteri in the flat with another man. However, police had also found the fingerprints in Collier's flat
which matched those of Ireland.
Convictions and imprisonment
He was charged with the murders of Collier and Spiteri, and confessed to the other three while awaiting trial in prison. He told police that he
had no vendetta against gay men, but picked on them because they were the easiest targets. He had robbed those he killed to finance his
killings because he was unemployed at the time, and he needed funds to travel to and from London when hunting for victims.
When his case came to the Old Bailey on 20 December 1993, Ireland admitted all charges and was given life sentences for each. The judge, Mr
Justice Sachs, said he was "exceptionally frightening and dangerous", adding: "To take one human life is an outrage; to take five is carnage."
On 22 December 2006, Ireland was one of 35 life sentence prisoners whose names appeared on the Home Office's list of prisoners who had
been issued with whole life tariffs and were unlikely ever to be released.
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