Couzens must have assaulted before, according to the former chief of the Metropolitan Police Department’s inquiry.
THE DETECTIVE who tracked down one of Britain’s most renowned criminals said he’d be surprised if Wayne Couzens, a serial killer, hadn’t claimed more victims.
Couzens’ murder of Sarah Everard had the hallmarks of a killer who has struck before, according to ex-Met police murder squad commander Jim Dickie. Despite a 30-year career as a cop, he called it “one of the most horrifying crimes” he’d ever seen. And, he claims, there are significant parallels with serial killers such as twisted killer and rapist John Cannan, who was the leading suspect in the 1986 disappearance of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.
Couzens, 48, has been involved in many sexual encounters dating back to 2002. He was a violent porn addict who spent tens of thousands of dollars on prostitutes.
It would amaze me if a serving police officer was aware of his behavior and did not report it sooner.
In the days before he staged an arrest, abducted, raped, and strangled Sarah, he was being investigated for indecent exposure.
“His actions that night strongly imply this was a pattern of behavior,” Mr Dickie added. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from a serial rapist.
“He’s right up there with John Cannan or any other serial rapist and killer you can think of, in my opinion.” However, the only way to find out if there are further victims is for people to come forward.
“I was still getting reports about Cannan’s behavior until recently, so it could take a long time for anyone who has been targeted by Couzens to find the guts to come forward.”
“I would almost certainly conclude Couzens did or sought to do the same before he killed.”
Cannan, 67, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Shirley Banks in Bristol in October 1987, as well as the attempted kidnapping of Julia Holman, two additional rapes, and a number of other abductions, attempted abductions, and sexual offenses.
Suzy Lamplugh vanished after meeting a man who introduced himself as “Mr Kipper.”
Cannan remains the sole suspect, despite the fact that he has never been charged.
Jane Andrews, the Duchess of York’s ex-dresser, was convicted in 2001 for murdering her lover, Tom Cressman. Former Det Supt Dickie has worked on high-profile cases including Jane Andrews, the Duchess of York’s ex-dresser, who was jailed in 2001 for murdering her lover, Tom Cressman.
Mr. Dickie was also in charge of the Lamplugh case re-investigation.
Dame Cressida Bonaparte is the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. “Brinkwire Summary News” has been calling Dick.