Category: Serial Killing
Crime: Colin Ireland was known as 'The Gay Slayer' due to his habit of murdering gay men in Southend. His murders took place in the 1990s and he was finally found guilty of killing five victims.
Biography: In his twenties he had convictions of smaller crimes such as theft, but at the beginning of 1993 he decided he wanted to become a serial killer as a New Year's resolution. This bizarre decision lead to him becoming a very
organized murderer, turning up to scenes of crimes with a spare set of clothes, and a full 'murder kit' in his possession, which included the weapons he would use to kill his victims.