The Independent Police Complaints Commission will examine claims that the force was told about concerns over the deaths ten months before it launched a murder inquiry. PinkNews, a gay website, claims it contacted the Met after three men were found dead in similar circumstances within half a mile of each other. Police were approached by editor Nick Duffy at the start of the year who expressed his concerns about the cases. Mr Duffy had been contacted by a former flatmate of victim Gabriel Kovari, who said the year-old artist may have come to harm after meeting someone on the gay dating app Grindr.
Police finally launched a murder inquiry last week after linking the death of Jack Taylor last month with the three previous deaths, which took place over the summer of All four victims met their deaths in the early hours of the morning between June and September all within a quarter of a mile of his home.
Police had previously ruled out foul play on two of the victims, who were both found dead within a month of each other in the same churchyard. It has been claimed that family and members of the gay community had gone to police as early as last year to claim the deaths were suspicious. And detectives only started the hunt for a serial killer last week after they finally linked the deaths last Wednesday. Scotland Yard has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over its handling of the case.
Port was arrested last Thursday and has been charged with four counts of murder and four counts of administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm. The balding chef appeared in the dock at Barkingside Magistrates Court in East London on Monday wearing a police-issue grey tracksuit.
He calmly scanned the court during the hearing and occasionally held out a hand before bowing his head as Deputy District Judge Shlomo Kreiman remanded him in custody. Pictured: This is Stephen Port, 40, left on Facebook and right in the dock, who today appeared in court accused of murdering four young men by poisoning them in the past 15 months.
Map: Port lives in a flat in Cooke Street, Barking, and one body was found in the same street last year. Two bodies were later found in the nearby grounds of St Margaret's Church and another was found on North Street, next to the Abbey Ruins. All the deaths happened in the space of 15 months. Port regularly used gay dating sites where he posted semi-naked pictures of himself.
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In each one he appears to be wearing a blonde wig. His family maintained his death was suspicious and complained to Scotland Yard about their investigation. September 20, Aspiring chef Daniel Whitworth is found dead in the same churchyard. A coroner was told he 'blamed himself for Mr Kovari's death' and had a note in his hand claiming he had killed himself as a result. He was last seen meeting a man at Barking station at around 2am.
The 23 year-old, from Hull, was in his second year of an art, fashion and design course at the University of Middlesex. His mother, Sarah Sak, 49, criticised the Met after his death, accusing them of dragging their feet over the investigation. It is appalling. We have had to chase them for information.
An inquest into their deaths found they had GHB and methadone in their systems. Pictured: This is Stephen Port, 40, pictured left and right, who allegedly drugged the four men and killed them after inviting them back to his flat. Home: Port's first alleged victim is said to be Anthony Walgate, 23, from Barnet, who was pronounced dead outside the alleged serial killer's flat on Cooke Street, Barking on June 19, Deaths: The second and third alleged victims Gabriel Kovari, 22, and Daniel Whitworth, 21, were found here in the graveyard of St Margaret's Church last summer.
Victim: Last month Port's final alleged victim Jack Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, was found close to the Abbey Ruins, next to the churchyard. The coroner recorded an open verdict. Police later discovered that Mr Whitworth did not write the note. The body of the fourth victim, Jack Taylor, a forklift operator from Dagenham, was found in the ruins of Barking Abbey last month. Mr Taylor, 25, was last seen out with friends on the evening of September He returned home but called a taxi and went out again in the early hours of the morning.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield, from Scotland Yard's homicide and major crime command, urged anyone with information to come forward 'no matter how insignificant'. He said: 'We are keen to trace anyone who may have information in connection with these incidents.
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Investigators are working closely with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT independent advisers. Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on or Crimestoppers anonymously on Hearing: Stephen Port appeared at the Old Bailey today where he was told he will stand trial next April. An alleged serial killer accused of drugging and murdering four young men over 14 months will stand trial in April next year. Stephen Port, 40, allegedly met his victims on gay websites and invited them to his house where he poisoned them with the party drug GHB.
After suffering from overdoses, the men, in their twenties, were dumped in or near a churchyard in east London, it was said.
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On Sunday, Port, of Cooke Street, Barking, in east London, was charged with four counts of murder and four counts of administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm. He was dressed in a green jumpsuit with one yellow sleeve and shoulder panel when he appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Pentonville prison today. The bald defendant sat with his head bowed and spoke only to confirm his name during the short preliminary hearing. Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC set a provisional timetable for the case with a plea and case management hearing on January 6 and a trial on April Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC estimated that the trial would take four weeks.
No application for bail was made and Port was remanded in custody. Share this article Share. Share or comment on this article: 'Serial killer' Stephen Port appeared on Celebrity Masterchef alongside contestants e-mail Many of our clients, however, do think they have a connection to the spirit world. And sometimes these are people with problems that go deeper than hearing their dead granny shuffling around in her housecoat at night.
On our intake questionnaire, we ask clients to volunteer information that might be helpful to the investigation and our safety , such as "Are you taking any medications? One psychic in particular spent the whole time claiming she was being touched in a sexual manner and would respond either with flirtation or by shouting down her invisible attacker and folding into the fetal position. Then you get the professional psychics who get called in along with us to try to talk to the "spirit. It's like a rap battle, only all the "bitches" and "yo mama" snaps are replaced with "suicide" and "so many bodies buried in the yard One psychic once insisted she sensed a spirit outside the back door of the kitchen inside one of the trash cans, like some sort of phantasmal Oscar the Grouch.
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In spite of our best efforts at damage control, by the time the psychics were holding cleansing vigils and busting out the White Light, the clients either had gone into the depths of a fear spiral or were so eager to see a resolution to the drama that they could hardly wait to see what we found.
At the "reveal" where we go over our recordings, they would usually be crushed by the monumental lack of any paranormal evidence whatsoever. No EVPs, no video, nothing. So if you're a homeowner who thinks you have spirits roaming the halls, who are you going to listen to: the psychic with an awesome, harrowing tale of tortured spirits and murdered children, or the team of academics with recording equipment saying, "If there's something here, we aren't detecting it"?
So now you're starting to see the problem The Stanley Hotel in Colorado has become a flagship of paranormal studies in the U.
Before interest in ghost hunting became popular, it was just a big-ass creepy building on the hill outside town. Now it's a major tourist destination, and you can bet your Ecto Containment Units that being widely viewed as "crazy haunted" is great for business.
It didn't take long for other business owners to realize that being host to a "ghost" was worth significantly more than its non-weight in gold. Unlike private-residence cases which tend to require that our presence be kept on the down low , businesses turn investigations into events to draw customers, which is like trying to collect data during a frat party. People don't pay that kind of money to walk around sober. It is hard enough to find evidence in a quiet building, after hours, but it's nearly impossible to find anything while leading a pack of liquored-up assholes that won't stop warbling quotes from Ghostbusters.
While most businesses won't go out of their way to rig up a fake haunting to get publicity, they're all too happy to attribute the results of shitty maintenance to "ghosts, man. Rather than admit that you probably need to renovate, you can continue to fill vacancies by attributing these phenomena to the lost spirits of murdered brides and dead children at play.
It's the perfect crime! At least until Congress gets off its collective butt and passes the Ghost Fraud Act.
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As you can imagine, proprietors of the aforementioned businesses aren't happy when we search their place and don't find anything weird. There aren't enough comped fondues or free stays in the world that will make a place haunted if it isn't, but there are plenty of other paranormal investigators. So, you can guess what happens: These clients will contact group after group until they find one that will tell them what they want to hear. Businesses aren't alone in this; private residences do it, too, making it downright epidemic in the paranormal community.
This is another reason why it's almost impossible to get any results taken seriously -- there is all sorts of motivation to "find" something, or to build a reputation as the group who always finds something, like those online IQ tests that come back "genius" every time. It's good business for everyone involved. If you're wondering why a private homeowner would do this, well, one case turned out to be a classic example of gaslighting.