All the bodies so far have been found naked, this seems to be the killers stamp,
Might be, but then again, it might not be. Naked victims are not uncommon; the forensic evidence which can cling to clothing is immense, and thus
we've had serial killers who strip their victims to remove evidence. Also consider the mentality of a naked person. People who are stripped bare
have been done so usually to prevent an escape attempt; furthermore, it's a degradation technique used by people in power to break down a victim (Abu
Garhib prison scandal comes to mind).
Because there are other reasons to strip someone, I'd venture to say this might not be his signature; rather, it's a bit of evidence and definitely
links the murders, but isn't the immutable part of the fantasy (in other words, it could change should the need arise and not affect the satisfaction
the killer receives from the abduction/murder).
Someone (either on this thread or the other one now closed) mentioned that he had to be reaching the end of his ability to function because the
murders are coming close together. I don't know that this is a good assumption. While I most certainly do hope he is becoming disorganized and
sloppy as that will allow the police to catch him that much quicker, I would also consider the possibility that he is in fact playing with the police
- "see, I can kill two even while your eyes and ears are peeled for me. I'm better than you, smarter than you, and I can do this right under your
nose!" sort of thing. That is something other serial killers have done - John Wayne Gacy, Andrew Cunanan (although I put him into the spree killing
catagory; others disagree), Wayne Williams, the Hillside Stranglers (Buono and Bianchi) to name just a few.
There seems to be interplay between the police and the killer, inasmuch as the more they hunt, the more he hunts. I'd also be willing to bet they
have either already spoken with him, or someone has tipped them to his name but he's managed to not become a suspect. This happens with relative
frequency, Ted Bundy being one who was on 4 lists of possible suspects in Washington before he was arrested in a different state (Utah).
And lastly (at least for now...) there is the possibility that he is imitating Jack The Ripper, up to and including the names of his victims (there
are some significant similarities between Nichols, a Ripper victim, and the names of two of this guy's victims - I believe "Polly" and "Nichol"
were the connections I read). While the locations are different, the similarities might amount to something (prostitutes, narrow location of body
recoveries, et cetera). Not sure what, exactly, but something. Then again, maybe it is just co-incidence. If not, it speaks to a prior knowledge of
these women inasmuch as names were known...and that speaks to less "stranger" murder than acquaintance murder. And that might be an important lead
I am positive that the Ipswich police are doing everything in their power to apprehend this evil scum...and in the meantime, my prayers are with all
who this has affected, townspeople and family alike. It's a horrible thing to have to live through.