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London: “I bound him, but he was be­com­ing sus­pi­cious. The word got around about the gay mur­ders and he was get­ting a bit wor­ried.”

Em­manuel re­fused Ire­land’s de­mands for his PIN num­ber, so Ire­land killed him any­way with the noose. He said later: “He was a very brave, strong-minded man.”

But this time the po­lice had a clue – grainy CCTV images were re­leased to the press show­ing the pair at Char­ing Cross sta­tion. Ire­land pan­icked, and gave him­self up – but only to say he had left Em­manuel at his flat with an­other man.

The po­lice, though, could now match the fin­ger­print found in fourth vic­tim An­drew Col­lier’s flat to Ire­land. Faced with the ev­i­dence, he con­fessed to all five mur­ders.

On De­cem­ber 20, 1993, sen­tenc­ing him to de­ten­tion for life, Judge John Sachs told Ire­land: “In my view it is ab­so­lutely clear you should never be re­leased.”

Ire­land nod­ded to the judge and was led away. As he had told po­lice af­ter his ar­rest: “I wasn’t forced to do it. I should be placed where I can’t in­flict harm on oth­ers.”

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