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Daily Star: Ex-detective claims Tube killer's 18 murders were 'covered up' by police to prevent panic
sparkydale posted a topic in UK Policing NewsEx-detective claims Tube killer's 18 murders were 'covered up' by police to prevent panic A FORMER detective claims Scotland Yard “covered up” the case of a serial killer on the London Underground. 69 By Jessica Haworth / Published 26th July 2015 GREG MCDONALD CLAIMS: Kiernan Kelly allegedly told police he murdered 18 people by pushing them in front of trainsGeoff Platt says Kiernan Kelly told police he murdered 18 people by pushing them on to the tracks in the 1970s. And he alleges police bosses “buried” the details to prevent public panic. Mr Platt, who has written a book about the case, says he was in the room when Kelly made his astonishing confession. In 1984 Kelly had been picked up by police for being drunk and disorderly. Thrown in a cell along with his drinking partner Paul McManus, he started a fight with another tramp called William Boyd. Kelly stamped on Boyd’s head, crushing his skull, before strangling him to death with his socks. He was taken in to be questioned, which is where Mr Platt first encountered the killer. The former detective said: “He was high – high on adrenaline, testosterone…aroused. You could see it in his eyes. “He was proud of that murder and when we went to speak to him he just confessed to killing 18 other people.” Over the next two days police uncovered a number of reported suicides on the Underground which mirrored Kelly’s boasts. He had first killed in 1975 when he repeatedly stabbed an elderly man called Hector Fisher in the head and neck in a Clapham graveyard. Eighteen months later, 68-year-old Maurice Weighly was found dead in Soho with his face and genitals horribly mutilated. Kelly was questioned for both murders and charged with Weighly’s death but there was never enough evidence to convict him. NC DRUNK: Kiernan Kelly was known for being drunk and disorderlyA year before he killed Boyd, Kelly had been aquitted of the attempted murder of an elderly man he shoved in front of a train at Kensington Station. He was only ever convicted of Boyd and Fisher’s murders and got life in jail. Mr Platt claims the force brushed off Kelly’s Tube killings confession. The 60-year-old told us: “It was a coverup. Think about it, the police don’t want it getting out – there would be mass panic. “They didn’t want people knowing a serial killer got away with pushing innocent people on to the tracks – they’d be afraid it could happen again. “The public would stop using the Underground which would put more traffi c on the roads. It would be chaos.” Kelly claimed he killed most of his victims on the Northern line, close to his Clapham home. He spent his days boozing with the homeless on Clapham Common and was said to be plagued by self-hatred because he had an attraction to men. Mr Platt says he wrote his book to expose the “cover up”. GREG MCDONALD REPORT: Geoff Platt has detailed the crimes, trial and conviction of Kelly in his latest book He claims the decision not to investigate Kelly further was partly to save money. And Mr Platt went on: “At the time of Kelly’s crimes you need to remember that there was no CCTV so there was no evidence to convict him with. “It was so easy for him to get away with. “And it would be these days if there was nothing on camera.” The Ministry of Justice has refused to tell us what happened to Kelly but said he did not die in prison. Last year, the Daily Star Sunday revealed how a number of canal deaths in Manchester aroused the suspicion of an expert on serial murders. Greater Manchester Police dismissed the claims of Professor Craig Jackson who exclusively revealed to us his theory that many of the 68 deaths since 2008 were down to “foul play”. ● Mr Platt has detailed the crimes, trial and conviction of Kelly in his latest book The London Underground Serial Killer. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/455862/detective-underground-tube-london-transport-killings-murder