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New True Crime Doc Takes Chilling Look At Sadistic 'Suffolk Strangler'

New True Crime Doc Takes Chilling Look At Sadistic 'Suffolk Strangler'

The latest episode of The Killer In My Family will take a look at Steve Wright, the Suffolk Strangler, and speak to those closest to him about his crimes.

In 2006, Wright murdered five women who worked in the sex industry, and dumped their bodies in the Suffolk countryside over a six week period.

Now, in a chilling interview with his own father Conrad Wright, conducted 12 years after his conviction, he is described as a loner, who "snapped," because he was unable to perform sexually.

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The true crime documentary delves into the murderer's dysfunctional upbringing, and takes a look at his fixation with sleeping with prostitutes as an adult.

Plus, it looks at his crimes in fine detail, including the fact he sadistically laid some of his victims in the shape of a crucifix to play with the police.

Steve Wright's father Conrad has spoken out. (Credit: Quest Red)
Steve Wright's father Conrad has spoken out. (Credit: Quest Red)

In his candid interview, his father reveals that after Wright was sent down, he sent him a letter claiming he was the only person in the world to believe his innocence. He adds that he threw it away in disgust.

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"Anybody that does something like this - five bodies in six weeks - has got to snap in their head," he reflects in the new footage.

"You know, no control whatsoever. You can't be a normal person. Something went wrong.

"The only thing I can come up with is if he was using street workers, young girls, and he found physically that he couldn't do what he wanted to do for medical reasons maybe, that it threw his mind."

The documentary will also show experts analyse how Wright got "a thrill" out of playing with the police.

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Psychologist Emma Kenny says: "Steve Wright chose to position two of the women's bodies in the crucifix position.

"One, probably to try and throw the police off course because the other bodies hadn't been dealt with that way. Secondly, potentially for dramatic effect, because unusually a lot of killers like to leave their 'work' with a certain mark.

"Most importantly because there was some thrill at the end of doing that, of creating that and making that body look a certain way. So, he was enjoying his work."

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But despite clearly enjoying the callous crimes, Wright is said to have had a "quizzical" look on his face when he was charged with five counts of murder, as if he was gobsmacked at the accusation.

He had admitted to having sex with four of the five women but vehemently denied killing them.

Police officers stand near tributes left for Paula Clennell at Levington. (Credit: PA)
Police officers stand near tributes left for Paula Clennell at Levington. (Credit: PA)

Journalist Andy Day adds: "Steve Wright came in [to court] and I'll always remember that he had a sort of quizzical look on his face.

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"The evidence was pretty overwhelming. His DNA was on the three women that were found on dry land.

"There was forensic evidence in the form of clothing fibres from his clothes and those same fibres were also found on the bodies of the women. There were over 170 individual pieces of forensic evidence."

When he was handed a guilty verdict by the jury, Wright is said to have stared emotionlessly back at them.

Steve Wright is said to have looked 'quizzical' when he was sentenced. (Credit: Quest Red)
Steve Wright is said to have looked 'quizzical' when he was sentenced. (Credit: Quest Red)

He is currently serving life in prison for killing Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls, and is one of around 60 people advised to stay in prison for life under judge's orders.

The new series of The Killer In My Family airs Thursdays at 10pm on Quest Red, with Steve Wright's episode airing tonight.

Featured Image Credit: Quest Red

Topics: True Crime, TV News, TV Entertainment

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