A wanted murderer of two gay men was arrested over the murder of a possible third death today (17 July).
After the death of family man Graham Buck on Saturday (13 July), Hertfordshire Police put out a national call for help in tracing Ian John McLoughlin who they wanted to question in connection with the stabbing.
The 55-year-old, who had gone on the run after not returning from a day release in prison, was arrested in London at around 1am and is being questioned on suspicion of murder and robbery.
Buck, 66, had been trying to stop the robbery of his neighbor’s house and was attacked when he answered a call for help.
McLoughlin had served 22 years of a minimum 25-year sentence for a double murder. After proving he was ready for rehabilitation, he was allowed out for one day and did not return later that evening.
Believed to be bisexual, he was convicted of murdering two gay men in the 1980s and 90s.
In 1983, McLoughlin was jailed for 10 years for attacking a 49-year-old man Len Delgatty with a hammer before he drowned in his own blood.
The manslaughter sentence was reduced to eight on appeal and McLoughlin was released in 1989 for good behavior.
Just 18 months later, he forced a barman who he had been having a sexual relationship with at the time to lie face down on his bed before stabbing him repeatedly in the neck.
He was jailed for a minimum of 25 years at Lewes Crown Court.
Before he was found, police described him as an ‘extremely dangerous man’.
A statement from Buck’s family said: ‘We have no words to express how much Graham will be missed.’