Gemma Adams 25,
Tania Nicol 19,
Anneli Alderton 24,
Annette Nicholl 29,
Paula Clennell 24
Saturday 2nd December 2006, Ms Adams' body was
discovered in a brook at Thorpes hill, near Hintlesham
at 11:50am . Ms Adams disappeared after leaving home on
Wednesday 15th November to go to work. She was reported
missing by her boyfriend. Her body was discovered by a
member of the public. A post mortem was carried out, but
they could not confirm a cause of death. Police
confirmed that Gemma was NOT sexually assaulted.
Friday 8th December 2006, Ms Nicol was found near
Copdock Mill, by police divers, having disappeared on
30th October, she left to go to work in the red light
district about 10:30pm and was not seen again. Tania was
reported missing on
November, her mother reported her missing after not
seeing her for 2 days. She was discovered in the same
stream as Gemma Adams. Gemma and Tania knew each other
and frequently worked the same "patch". Their naked
bodies were found about two miles apart.
Sunday 10th December 2006, the body of a third
woman found. Her naked body was discovered by a passing
motorist in woods near Nacton, close to Ipswich.
Tuesday 12th December 2006, Suffolk police
confirmed the third body as Anneli Alderton aged 24,
from Colchester, Essex, also a known prostitute, she had
Also on 12th December police confirmed that at 3:05pm
they received a call from a member of the public who had
been walking along Old Felixstowe Road they was a naked
woman roughly 20 feet from the roadside. About 40
minutes later at 3:48pm the police helicopter spotted a
further body only a few hindered yards from the first.
Suffolk police said that although they have no evidence
to support, they strongly believe these bodies to be
connected to the first, making a total of five bodies.
The new discoveries are suspected to be 2 girls
previously reported missing, Annette Nicholls, aged 29,
and Paula Clennell, aged 24.
Thursday 14th December 2006, police confirmed the
identity of the fourth victim, and confirmed that it is
in fact the body of Paula Clennell, aged 24, the post
mortem revealed she died of compression to the neck, she
was strangled. Paula was reported missing, and was last
seen at about at 12:20am on Sunday 10th December on
Handford Road near to its junction with Burlington Road
in Ipswich Suffolk.
Tom Stephens was arrested on Monday 18th December
2006, Stephens was a Supermarket worker at Tesco in
Tuesday 19th December 2006, At 5am, a second man,
Steven Wright aged 48 from London road in Ipswich, was
arrested on suspicion of murder.
Thursday 21st December 2006, At 10:15pm Police
released Tom Stevens on police bail, pending further
enquiries, and have charged with 5 murders, the second
man, Stephen Wright.
Friday 22nd December 2006, Steven Wright a fork
lift truck driver from Ipswich was charged with 5
murders at Ipswich magistrates court . He was held in
custody to appear at Ipswich Crown court on 2nd January
2nd January 2007, he was remanded in custody to
re-appear in May 2007.
In 2001, Steve Wright worked as a barman at the Brook
Hotel in Felixstowe. He was sacked for stealing hundreds
of pounds from the till, for which he was ordered to
carry out 100 hours community service.
It was a DNA sample taken at the time of that conviction
which led to police matching samples taken from the five
1st May 2007 Wright pleaded not guilty at Ipswich
crown court in front of Mr Justice Calvert-Smith.
14th January 2008
Trial started and jury sworn in.
It was revealed during the trial that 2 of the bodies
had been laid out in a crucifix position when the bodies
21st February 2008
Steve Wright is found guilty of murdering 5 women in
The jury took just eight hours to find Wright guilty on
all five murders.
22nd February 2008
The trial judge, has sentence Wright to life
Sitting at Ipswich Crown Court, the judge ordered
49-year-old Wright to serve the maximum sentence.
He said: "This was a targeted campaign of murder. It is
right you should spend your whole life in prison."
Steve Wright sat emotionless as prosecutors asked the
judge to ensure he is never allowed out of jail.
The police, as is usual will now look into other deaths
that could be connected to Wright. There are several
cases of prostitutes and young girls goring missing, in
areas where Wright is known to have been, but as Wright
protested his innocence throughout his trial it is
unlikely any confessions will follow.
In 1992, Natalie Pearman, 16, was found strangled after
disappearing from the red-light area of Norwich. A year
later Mandy Duncan, 26, of Woodbridge, Suffolk, vanished
while working as a prostitute in Ipswich. Further, In
2000, Kellie Pratt, 29, vanished from the red-light area
of Norwich and in 2002 Michelle Bettles, 22, was found
strangled three days after disappearing from the
red-light area of Norwich.
15th May 2008, police have said they not
considering Wright in the disappearance / murder of
missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.
2nd July 2008, Wright has been refused the right
to appeal. He claimed his trial was not fair, but a
judge has written to Wright saying the trial was fair.
Wright now has 14 days to appeal this decision.
Ipswich Crown Cour