A serial killer could be responsible for the multiple murders of pensioners, according to a confidential report leaked to the press.
The Sunday Times claimed the report raises concerns two suspected double murders in Wilmslow, Cheshire, could have been the work of an offender unknown to the police. The first two double killings happened in 1996 and 1999 only two miles apart. In both cases husbands were previously thought to have murdered their wives before killing themselves.
But after re-examining the cases using modern techniques, the report finds both cases were likely to have been double murders, reports The Sunday Times. Cheshire Police said they were conducting a review of the findings in the report, which was handed to the force last month, the newspaper said.
They are also said to have alerted Greater Manchester and Cumbria Police – where some of the killings took place.
The 179-page report calls on the National Crime Agency and Interpol to review cases in Britain and Europe to determine whether there are more related murders.