New suspect in 1960s "Bible John" murder cases

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Vital new information in the case of notorious serial killer Bible John has reportedly been passed to the police.

Vital new information in the case of notorious serial killer Bible John has reportedly been passed to the police.

A new prime suspect has been named to Lothian and Borders Police by leading criminal psychologist Ian Stephen, who was closely involved in the hunt for the triple murderer, according to newspaper reports.

Bible John was a serial killer who terrorised Glasgow in the late 1960s, where he killed three women after charming his victims at the city's Barrowland Ballroom. The killer, who often quoted passages from the Bible to his victims, has never been caught.

It is understood the suspect whose name was given to the police is still alive. The information has been passed on to Strathclyde Police.

The Scotsman reports that Prof Stephen, who is said to have inspired the television drama Cracker, starring Robbie Coltrane, obtained the new lead from an expatriate Scot living in America who suspects a member of his extended family is Bible John.

The suspect, whose father was a police officer, was married in the Glasgow area and lived in Lanarkshire with his wife and two children. He moved to England in 1970.

According to the file passed on to the police about the man, his behaviour is said to have changed dramatically in the late 1960s when he increasingly went out alone at night and sometimes failed to return until the following day.

Prof Stephen told the Scotsman newspaper: "I would like to think that his name has already been considered and ruled out but I am not hopeful.

"The police were looking for a stereotype, a known sex offender at the time. The profile appears to fit that of Bible John.

"While the information is circumstantial I think the police have got to have a serious look at it."

No one at Strathclyde Police was able to comment on the new evidence last night.

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