Anthony John Hardy, A.K.A "The Camden Ripper", 2002-2003, United Kingdom.

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« on: November 29, 2013, 06:41:37 PM »
Anthony John Hardy, A.K.A "The Camden Ripper", 2002-2003, United Kingdom.

A.K.A.: "The Camden Ripper"
 


Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Necrophilia - Dismemberment - Diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: 2002
Date of arrest: January 2, 2003
Date of birth: May 31, 1951
Victims profile: Sally White, 38 (his flatmate) / Elizabeth Valad, 29, and Bridgette MacClennan, 34 (prostitutes)
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Status: Sentenced to life in prison on November 25, 2003.

 
Anthony John Hardy (born May 31, 1951) is an English serial killer who was convicted of murdering three women in London.

Early life:

Born on 31 May 1951 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, Anthony Hardy had an apparently uneventful childhood and excelled in school and college, particularly in engineering.

He married and fathered two sons and two daughters, but his wife divorced him in 1986, accusing him of domestic violence. In 1982 Hardy had been arrested for trying to drown his wife but the charges were later dropped.

After the divorce, Hardy spent time in mental hospitals, diagnosed with depression. He lived in various hostels in London, picking up convictions for theft and being drunk and disorderly. He was arrested in 1998 when a prostitute accused him of raping her, but the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Murders:

In January 2002, police were called to the block of flats that Hardy lived in after a neighbour complained that someone had vandalised her front door and that she strongly suspected Hardy. When the police investigated Hardy's flat they found a locked door, and despite his original claims to the contrary, police found that Hardy had a key. Investigating the room, the police found the body of a dead woman lying on a bed. She was identified as Sally White, 38, Hardy's flatmate.

A coroner subsequently determined that White had died of a heart attack, even though she was found naked in a locked room with cuts and bruises to her head.

Hardy spent a short time in jail for the vandalism offence then released.

On December 30, 2002, a homeless man hunting for food in some bins found some of the dismembered remains of two women found stuffed in bin-liners. The victims were identified as Bridgette MacClennan, 34, and Elizabeth Valad, 29.

Arrest and trial:

The investigation lead to Anthony Hardy, who was arrested a week later. He had gone on the run but been spotted by an off-duty policemen when he went to a hospital to collect his prescription for psychiatric drugs. A search of his flat found that there was evidence, including old bloodstains, that indicated the two women had been killed and dismembered there. Both had died over the Christmas holidays.

Under arrest, Hardy simply said "No comment" to every question put to him by police. He was eventually charged with the murders of both MacClennan and Valad, as well as that of Sally White, the woman whose death had originally been put down to natural causes.

At his trial in November 2003, Hardy, despite his initial lack of cooperation with the police, abruptly changed his plea to guilty to all three counts of murder. The 52-year-old was then given three life sentences.

Because of Hardy's history of psychiatric problems and violent behaviour, an independent enquiry was announced into his care.

Police have been reported to believe that Hardy was likely to be connected to the unsolved cases of two prostitutes found dismembered and dumped in the Thames, and up to five or six other area murders that bore marked similarities to the ones for which he was convicted, but there is not enough evidence available directly implicating him in the murders for further action.

In May 2010, a High Court judge decided that Hardy should never be released from prison, placing him on the list of Whole life tariff prisoners.

Mr Justice Keith, sitting in London, said: "This is one of those exceptionally rare cases in which life should mean life."

 
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2013, 10:33:23 AM »
I like Camden. I go there a lot.
I tried to commit suicide one time...

I won't be trying that again I nearly fucking died.