A serial killer who raped and murdered at least four young gay men in London was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Now it's the police who find themselves in the crosshairs, the New York Times reports. In 2014 and 2015, Stephen Port used dating apps to lure his victims to his apartment, where he drugged, raped, and killed them. According to the Guardian, Port "had a fetish for sex with unconscious boyish-looking men." Despite the bodies of all four victims turning up near Port's apartment—including three in the same churchyard—in a 15-month span and dying from the same drug, police chalked the deaths up to unconnected suicides and overdoses. Police only started looking into the possibility of connected murders after pressure from one of the victim's families.
Police have now admitted they maybe could have caught Port sooner, and 17 officers are being investigated. Port left the first body outside his apartment building and called police. Despite changing his story and admitting the victim was in his apartment and he dragged the body outside, police didn't view him as a suspect, CNN reports. Port left a fake suicide note on one of the bodies that read "BTW, please do not blame the guy I was with last night." Police didn't bother trying to find the "guy." And there was more. The family of one of Port's victims is suing the police, accusing them of not looking into the deaths too hard because the victims were all gay. A formal investigation is attempting to determine if "discrimination played any part" in what happened. (He was an NFL draft pick—and a brazen serial killer.)