Police Reopen Rape Cases as Monster Jailed

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Police Reopen Rape Cases as Monster Jailed


POLICE have started re-examining hundreds of unsolved rapes and murders nationwide as two of Britain's most dangerous serial sex killers were finally behind bars for life.

Detectives have appealed to women who believe they may have been a victim of David Mulcahy and John Duffy to come forward.

Mulcahy and Duffy's ''unique but wicked bond'' has been now shattered by one betraying the other.

Duffy's testimony led to father-of-four Mulcahy receiving three life sentences at the Old Bailey yesterday for murdering bride-to-be Alison Day, 19, schoolgirl Maartje Tamboezer, 15 and newly- married Anne Lock, 29.

Mulcahy also received other substantial jail terms for 12 other ''terr- ifying'' attacks on women.

Mulcahy, 41, from Chalk Farm, north London, was convicted after his childhood friend, Duffy, spent 14 days in the witness box cataloguing their horrific crimes to a jury.

The pair went on ''hunting parties'' searching for lone women to rape and finally murder in the 1980s.

Duffy named Mulcahy as the second man while serving life sentences for his own sex crimes. He had claimed amnesia at the time of his trial in 1988 but his memory returned after he talked to a prison psychologist.

He had been haunted with nightmares by the murders - especially that of Alison Day - and wanted to clear his conscience. He also wanted to ensure his accomplice was finally brought to justice.

Duffy has since admitted a further 17 sex offences committed by him between 1975 and 1986 and is due to be sentenced in March.

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