THE NORTHERN LINE KILLER – Unscrambling Truth from Urban Legend

TUBE murderer Kieran Kelly prowled the Underground on a killing spree that went undetected for 30 years.

A frightening Underground story emerged some years ago. There have been many reports of a serial killer operating on the London Underground in the 1970s, murdering people by pushing them under trains. Retired Met detective Geoff Platt claims that Scotland Yard suppressed a case in the 1970s, in which a homeless man confessed to deliberately pushing 18 innocent victims in front of Northern line trains. Allegedly, the police cover-up was intended to stop public panic, because there was clear evidence the suspect had been present at the scene of several suicides.

London Underground killer Kelly struck fear into the hearts of commuters from 1953 to 1983. The alcoholic serial killer is believed to have pushed up to 31 unsuspecting people to their deaths in London Underground tracks.

The man, Irish-born Kieran Kelly, who died in prison serving a life sentence in 2001, could be one of Britain’s most prolific murderers if they could prove these twisted acts.

Research by the man who ran the 1984 investigation into his crimes suggests he may be behind a number of apparent murders on the London Underground Northern Line. Former acting detective constable Geoff Platt claims Kelly stalked victims before nudging them in front of moving Tubes, reported The Metro. Platt believes Kelly would wait to speak to police and spin lies about the victim confessing marriage or money troubles moments before stepping in front of a train.

Based on extensive research into Kelly’s life and crimes, DC Platt argues he was in fact gay but saw homosexuality as a terrible sin that led to hellfire and damnation and so targeted male victims. Kelly despised homosexuals, tramps and alcoholics–yet was all three. Bursting with repressed anger, he targeted homeless people, strangling them or pushing them on to train tracks for no reason other than that they annoyed him. Widely considered being one of the evillest men who ever lived. The booze-addled monster would kill without remorse–even pushing his best friend in front of a Tube train at Stockwell station. His friend made a comment about Kelly being unmarried at 30, which he took as a suggestion of his homosexuality.

Born in County Laois in 1923, Kelly was an alcoholic odd-job man who slept rough on Clapham Common after moving to London in 1953 for the Queen’s coronation. His killing spree lasted three decades, and although Kelly was charged with eight murders in that time, he was somehow acquitted in each case. In 1983 an elderly man he likely pushed onto the tracks at High Street Kensington station was saved when the driver stopped the train. Witness statements led to Kelly’s arrest, but two separate trials failed to pin the crime on him.

Finally, in 1983, he admitted to strangling a man in his police cell to death for snoring too loudly. He confessed not only to this crime but to 15 other murders over 30 years, and DC Platt could then build 16 cases against the sick killer. The next year Kelly was sentenced to life for the manslaughter of his cellmate and the murder of another man he stabbed to death in Clapham on Christmas Day.

However, his reign of terror on the London Underground network went undetected for over three decades for a series of shocking reasons.

For one thing, London’s police force did not want Kelly’s killing spree to come to light, fearing it would cause hysteria in the capital.

And because his targets were so often the homeless–people living off society’s radar–there was little outcry when they tumbled to their deaths.

However, several intriguing questions surround his bloody rampage, which have continued to fox detectives to this day. Why did he confess to murders he did not commit? Why was he so keen to have police think he had outsmarted them as he sat in handcuffs? And just how many more murders did he get away with?

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