I really am a lovely, lovely man,’ says killer
PUBLISHED: 18:19 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2010
A CONVICTED serial killer has protested his innocence claiming that the real murderer of five women is still at large. Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright, who was jailed in February for murdering five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006, wrote to sister papers
A CONVICTED serial killer has protested his innocence claiming that the real murderer of five women is still at large.
'Suffolk Strangler' Steve Wright, who was jailed in February for murdering five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006, wrote to sister papers of your Times, (the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star in Suffolk) to break his silence about his conviction.
In a three-page letter Wright, who used to run the White Horse pub in Chislehurst in the late 1980s and early 1990s, described his life in Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire and says he is confident of winning an appeal.
Wright, 50, wrote: "People should believe I am innocent because I have gone through my whole life trying to be as fair and considerate to other people as I possibly could. I do not have a violent bone in my body and to take a life I would have thought would be the ultimate form of aggression." He added: "I just know in my heart that one day my innocence will be proved and I will be able to go home to try and rebuild my life, wherever that home may be."
Forklift driver Wright was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering Gemma Adams, 25, Tania Nicol, 19, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24 and Annette Nicholls, 29.
The naked bodies of his victims were found over a ten-day period in isolated spots near Ipswich in December 2006.
He denied the murders and was refused leave to appeal in July and is seeking another appeal, which he is confident will be granted, he revealed.
He said he did not expect to be found guilty of the murders despite evidence during the six-week trial linking his DNA was to three of the women.
He added: "I did expect to be found not guilty when the verdict came in. It was like knives going into my heart. My thoughts were 'this cannot be happening, they have made a mistake, have I stepped into the wrong court room, they cannot be talking about me'. It just did not seem real.
"Obviously the day I was convicted I was just numb with shock and kept thinking that I was in a dream or nightmare and I would wake up soon but I am bearing up pretty well at the moment, even though nearly two years of my life have been taken away from me. I always try to look on the positive side of things just knowing the truth will set me free."
He added: "What I would say to the people of Suffolk is be on your guard because the real killer is still out there, although the injustice that has been done to me I feel no malice or contempt for the people of Suffolk and for the families of the five girls that were cruelly taken away from them."
Ipswich Star editor Nigel Pickover said: "Steve Wright was convicted by overwhelming evidence, it was an open and shut case. We were surprised that he was surprised that he was convicted."
At the time of his conviction, friends of the former pub landlord expressed their shock of the conviction of the "quiet" and "placid" friend.
Michael Cockerill from Chislehurst said: "He was really placid and easy going. When we saw it in the papers I was just shocked, we couldn't believe it was him."
Another patron Ellen Griggs, 59, said: "We would often stay behind and have a couple of drinks with him and he was a lovely, lovely man.