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Crime series examines if serial killers have committed other unsolved murders

Killers Behind Bars will air on TV3 at 9pm tonight.

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ARE SERIAL KILLERS often guilty of committing other murders that remain unsolved?

A crime series looks at some of the most notorious killers in the UK and uses criminology techniques to try and link more unsolved murders to convicted killers.

Professor David Wilson, who teaches as Head of Criminology at Birmingham City University, investigates the possibility.

Wilson will build up detailed criminal profiles of serial killers and apply criminology techniques to compare the killers to other unsolved crimes.

The three-part series ‘Killers Behind Bars’ will also speak to the investigating officers and look at interview tapes and crime scenes.

With this evidence, Wilson hopes to prove beyond reasonable doubt that their known crimes are simply the tip of the iceberg.

The first episode on TV3 tonight focuses on Steve Wright – known as ‘The Suffolk Strangler’.

In February 2008, he was sentenced to life for the murder of five women who worked as prostitutes in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The judge sentencing him recommended that he should never be released from prison.

Wilson believes Wright had struck before.

He travels to Norfolk where he discovers numerous cases of sex workers killed in similar circumstances.

After meeting with some of the families of the Norwich victims, the professor makes a discovery that he believes provides strong enough evidence for re-investigating one unsolved murder in particular.

The show airs on TV3 at 9pm tonight.

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