'Ripper' Scholar Charged With 3 Murders

Stephen Griffiths in court for hooker killings
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2010 2:52 AM CDT
British police officers stand outside Holmfield Court flats in Thornton Road, Bradford, England. Forensic teams are searching Griffiths' apartment.   (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)
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(Newser) – A criminology student suspected in the disappearance of 3 prostitutes has been formally charged with their dismemberment murder and will appear in court in Bradford, England, today. Stephen Griffiths—described as a "lizard-loving loner" by neighbors—was often seen strolling around the red-light district he lived in wearing a long black coat and sometimes boasted that was doing a doctorate "in Jack the Ripper," according to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

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