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I have heard of some sick puppies in my lifetime, but not since the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer have I heard anything so gruesome as the story of Stephen Griffiths, “The Crossbow Killer”.
Jeffrey Dahmer was a serial killer and sex offender who killed 17 people between 1987 through 1991. They were all male and of African or Asian descent. Each of the 17 murders was horrifying. He would rape and torture his victims. Sometimes the rapes would occur after the victim was dead (necrophilia) and he also cut up and ate some of his victims. Dahmer was killed by another inmate while in prison in 1994.
Today, I read about Stephen Griffiths, a British man, who targeted prostitutes. He would shoot them in the head with a crossbow and then cut them up and eat parts of the bodies. One victim may have been bludgeoned with a hammer.
According to several reports, Griffiths was sentenced to life in prison in December of 2010.
He calls himself “The Crossbow Killer” and admits to murdering three women. He was caught when someone saw him dragging a woman into an apartment on a surveillance camera. The woman was then seen running back out of the apartment, where she collapsed onto the floor. As she lay there, Griffiths shot her with a crossbow in the head and dragged her back into the apartment by one of her legs.
Griffiths has been charged with killing three women, but admits to killing three additional women. He also states that he cooked and ate parts of his victim’s bodies by boiling the parts in a pot. He mentioned that he ate the third body uncooked. He cut his victims up manually and sometimes by using power tools.
According to the Telegraph UK Report (link below), Griffiths confessed to police that he had “cut himself off from society” and that he had a “civil war” in his head.
Also, according to the Telegraph UK report, Griffiths had made a video of at least one of the murders by using his cell phone camera. The phone was lost and sold a few times before somebody finally turned it in to police. The video showed a naked woman tied up in a bathtub with the words “My Sex Slave” spray-painted on her back in black. In the video, Griffiths was saying “I am Ven Pariah” and referred to himself as “The Bloodbath Artist”.
Griffith also posted notes on a MySpace page under the name “Ven Pariah”. Some of the things he posted on MySpace were that he’d “finally emerged into the world” and “poor Stephen, pretending to be me, but he was only the wrapping” and “hatred bound tightly in flesh“.
Police found traces of his victim’s blood in his apartment. along with crossbows and crossbow bolts, as well as book on serial killers. They also found one of the victim’s heads in a backpack about five miles from Griffith’s apartment in a river and another backpack filled with cutting tools, including hacksaws and knives.
According to an article by the Sun UK (link below) here are some other quotes made by Griffiths:
“Humanity is not merely a biological condition. It is also a state of mind.”
“On that basis I am a pseudo human at best. A demon at worst.“
“What will this pseudo human do. One wonders?”
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides.” (A bible quote).
This is, by far, one of the most horrifying, heinous and gruesome things I’ve ever heard in my life. Being a prostitute is not the ideal professional and certainly not the safest, but nobody deserves this.
The Sun UK: