‘Sym­pa­thy grab­ber’ killer

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY PA­TRICK HILL

A CRIM­I­NOL­O­GIST says Can­nan’s note to a woman pen­pal re­veals his need to be in con­trol and feel im­por­tant.

Christo­pher Berry-Dee, 71, wrote a book about Can­nan after re­ceiv­ing nearly 100 let­ters from the killer. Berry-Dee, who has quizzed 30 BOOK se­rial killers and is now di­rec­tor of the Crim­i­nol­ogy Re­search Cen­tre, told the Sun­day Mir­ror: “This let­ter is pure ma­nip­u­la­tion by Can­nan.

“It’s a sym­pa­thy grab­ber to­wards the woman’s ma­ter­nal in­stinct, with him claim­ing he’s help­less in jail.

“And him promis­ing to buy her a villa is clas­sic Can­nan b ****** t. It couldn’t be a drink or a dress could it? With Can­nan it has to be a villa. He’s also sug­gest­ing ‘I have so much to tell you, so many se­crets’, but it’s just an at­tempt to con­trol. It’s what he does.

“And de­spite what he said in the let­ter he’ll be lov­ing all this new pub­lic­ity and be parad­ing around his wing like a king.

“It makes him feel a ‘some­one’ again.” GRIM DIG Search by Suzy case cops

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