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June 23, 2022

S06E03 | Stephen Port | The Grindr Killer


In the third episode of British Murders Season 6, I tell the story of Stephen Port, dubbed by the media as "The Grindr Killer".

 

Between June 2014 and September 2015, Stephen used online dating sites such as Grindr, Sleepyboy.com and FitLads to meet young, gay men whom he drugged, sexually assaulted and killed.

 

Despite systematic failings by the local police force, Stephen was finally caught and arrested in October 2015 and was handed a Whole Life Order by Mr Justice Openshaw on November 25, 2016.

 

The 'Grindr Killer' case is very controversial regarding how the police handled the investigations into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor.

 

The police initially disregarded their respective deaths as being non-suspicious when, in fact, Stephen Port had murdered them all.

 

The link below provides guidance information and links to services and guidance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-and-support-for-lgbt-people

 

Intro music:⁣

David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'⁣

https://linktr.ee/davidjohnbradymusic⁣

 

My recording equipment:⁣

Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone

Cloud Microphone Cloudlifter CL1

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface

Rode PSA-1 Professional Studio Boom Arm

 

Recorded in:⁣

Hindenberg PRO

 

Edited in:⁣

DaVinci Resolve 17⁣

 

References:⁣

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Court Reporter. (2020, November 27). Stephen Port: Sister of alleged Barking serial killer felt sick about body confession. Barking & Dagenham Post. Retrieved June 22, 2022, from https://www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk/news/crime/stephen-port-sister-of-alleged-barking-serial-killer-felt-sick-3339310

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