Category: Serial Killing
Crime: Known by several monikers, including 'Suffolk Strangler' and the 'Ipswich Ripper', Wright is serving life in prison for the murders of 5 prostitutes in late 2006. Police have inconclusively linked him to as many as 22 total murders in the years prior to his arrest in 2006.
Biography: Wright was born on April 24, 1958 as one of four children in Erpingham, England. Because the father was serving in the military, the family lived for periods of time in Malta and Singapore. After his parents split in the 1960's, Wright lived with his father who eventually remarried and had two more children with his second wife. He left school at the age of 16 and joined the Merchant Navy. In 1979, he married and fathered a child. He bounced around different jobs and was separated from his wife by 1987. He was accused of attacking a prostitute in the 1980's and throughout the 90's he incurred huge debt's due to gambling and heavy drinking. By the year 2000, he had attempted suicide on two different occasions. The five murders he was convicted of, occurred over a six week period in late 2006. Police conclusively linked DNA samples found on the bodies to Wright, as well as the victims DNA found on his clothing and in his vehicle. During the trial, the investigators stated that it was almost as if Wright made no attempt to conceal his identity. Since his arrest, police have possibly tied him to several unsolved prostitute murders as well as to a murder of a co-worker dating back to 1986.