Homeless alcoholic Kieran Kelly has already been convicted of killing two men. But a detective has now claimed that he could be responsible for killing 29 more over the space of 30 years.
Geoff Platt, the former acting detective constable who led the original 1984 police investigation into Kelly, claims that after moving from Ireland to London, he stalked his victims on the platforms of London Tube stations, before pushing them onto the tracks in front of oncoming trains. Other victims, says Mr Platt, were cut with broken wine bottles and left to bleed to death.
Kelly was born in County Laois in 1923 before he moved to Dublin 10 years later. Mr Platt’s theory is that Kelly was gay, but had been taught by his parents that being homosexual was a sin. The former detective says it was this internal conflict which led to him committing his terrible crimes.
Kelly travelled to London with his best friend Christy Smith in 1953 to watch the Queen’s Coronation. However, after Mr Smith made a comment about Kelly not having married by the age of 30, the killer thought that he suspected his was gay, and pushed him off a Tube platform.
In the three decades which followed, Kelly was charged with eight counts of murder by eight different police forces, each time for pushing a man under a Tube train. However, he was acquitted of all eight of those charges, even though there had been witnesses.
Kelly did admit to killing a man in a police cell, who he said had been snoring too loudly. During interviews with police, he also said he had killed 15 people over three decades, although prosecutors decided to go ahead with just five cases. He was convicted of killing William Boyd in the jail cell, and murdering Hector Fisher, who was found stabbed in a graveyard. Kelly was imprisoned for life and died in HMP Frankland in Durham 15 years ago.
However, Mr Platt, who interviewed Kelly on a number of occasions thinks that he could have been responsible for 31 deaths over 30 years, including some which were thought to have been suicides on the Nothern Line of the London Tube system.