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Psychologist warns serial killer may be stalking Manchester’s gay village

Psychologist warns serial killer may be stalking Manchester’s gay village

A leading British psychologist has aired his fears that a serial killer may be operating in and around Manchester’s gay district and using the city’s canals to conceal the evidence of his crimes.

Birmingham University psychology professor Craig Jackson told the tabloid newspaper Daily Star this week that he found it hard to fathom how 61 people’s bodies had been found in the city’s canals in the space of just six years without the involvement of a serial killer.

‘It is extremely unlikely that such an alarming number of bodies found in the canals is the result of accidents or suicides,’ Professor Jackson said.

‘Canals are not popular suicide spots, especially for men. They are, however, popular dumping sites… Water can be a sure way to erase DNA evidence.’

Professor Jackson said he feared that a serial killer might be targeting men who were gay or perceived to be so.

‘Do we have another “gay slayer” like Colin Ireland on the loose? You couldn’t rule it out.’

However the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have poured water on Professor Jackson’s fears.

‘GMP is committed to thoroughly investigating each and every unexplained death and approach each one as potentially suspicious in its initial stages,’ a police spokesperson said in a statement to the media.

‘None of our investigations are carried out in isolation and, as we have said publicly before, we have established no link between the various incidents recorded.’

The Daily Star provided no hard evidence for Jackson’s theory beyond the professor’s own opinion.

However despite that Twitter users in the city have already named the supposed killer ‘The Pusher,’ using the hashtag #thepusher to speculate whether there is a serial killer pushing people into Manchester’s canals.

Colin Ireland was an English serial killer who killed five gay men he met in bars during a killing spree in 1993. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in December of that year and died in jail in February of 2012.