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December 18, 2006

Ipswich Stranger Suspect Arrested

I told you-- strangling's not my style. I just don't have the hand strength.

— Police hunting a suspected serial killer following the murders of five prostitutes in eastern England arrested a 37-year-old man on Monday and cordoned off a group of houses.

The man was arrested at his home in Trimley St. Martin, near the port of Felixstowe, Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said in a brief statement to reporters. He declined to say where the suspect was being held.

“He has been arrested on the suspicion of murdering all five women,” Supt. Gull said.

News reports identified the suspect as Tom Stephens, who was quoted in the Sunday Mirror newspaper as saying he knew all five women, and that he had been interviewed four times under caution — meaning that he was regarded as a potential suspect — by police investigating the slayings.

“From the police profiling it does look like me — white male between 25 and 40, knows the area, works strange hours. The bodies have got close to my house,” Mr. Stephens was quoted as saying.

“If new information, coincidental information, crops up, I could get arrested,” Mr. Stephens was quoted as saying. He added that he was confident he would not be charged.

It's not like he's giving off a Jamie Gumb vibe or anything:



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