Shock claims from a former policeman say London may have had an undeclared serial killer back in the 1970s, with a man admitting to pushing up to 18 people in front of trains -- and authorities writing the deaths off as suicides to avoid spooking the population.
The claim comes from ex-cop Geoff Platt, who, writing in his SEO-optimised book The London Underground Serial Killer, outed Kiernan Kelly as the possible mass killer. Kelly had form as a bit of a mentalist, first meeting Platt after murdering his cellmate when in the cells from being picked up for being drunk and disorderly.
It was then that Kelly "confessed" to killing two other people in London, before claiming he'd also deliberately killed 18 people on the Underground network by pushing them in front of trains running on the Northern line. Kelly was imprisoned for killing his cellmate and one of the earlier crimes, but the possible Underground spree was ignored due to a lack of evidence in those CCTV-less days.
Platt says the police took the decision to keep Kelly's boasts to themselves, telling the Star: "It was a coverup. Think about it, the police don't want it getting out -- there would be mass panic. They didn't want people knowing a serial killer got away with pushing innocent people on to the tracks -- they'd be afraid it could happen again. The public would stop using the Underground which would put more traffic on the roads. It would be chaos."
British Transport Police said of the case: "We are aware of the claims included in this book but given the passage of time since they are alleged to have been committed these would prove difficult to substantiate without further evidence." [Star via Vice]