Kelly, originally from
Ireland, came to the UK in 1953.
At the age of 54
Kelly decided he did not like tramps.
This was odd, as he was a
He disliked them so much he
decided to kill them. An alcoholic he first killed in
1975, killing a fellow drinker in a drunken brawl.
25th December 1975,
Kelly's first known victim, elderly Hector Fisher,
was found in a Clapham churchyard on Christmas Day,
stabbed repeatedly about the head and neck. Last seen
alive on Christmas Eve, Fisher had been loitering with
several men dressed up as "Father Christmas." police
grilled a dozen suspects in the case including Kieran
Kelly, but they found no evidence that would support a
2nd June 1977,
Eighteen months later, 68 year old Maurice Weighly was
found dead in Soho, his face and genitals had been
mutilated. The neck of a broken bottle had been thrust
up his rectum. Police found Kelly and another tramp in
the neighbourhood, with bloodstains on their clothing,
Kelly was charged with the murder.
his companion described the
crime in grisly detail. Six months passed before the
trial, and Kelly was acquitted after his barrister
branded the state's key witness an alcoholic, "blind
drunk" at the time of the murder. The witness
subsequently vanished and was never seen again.
(Kelly later admitted to
this murder in 1983).
May 1983, an elderly
man was pushed onto the tracks at London's Kensington
Station, only saved when the driver managed to stop the
train in time. Witnesses identified Kelly as the
attacker, prompting his arrest on charges of attempted
At his trial the jury
failed to reach a verdict, Kelly was acquitted.
4th August 1977,
Kelly was arrested for robbery and being drunk in
public. Locked in a police dell overnight he was angry
about having to share his cell.
he crushed the skull of
William Boyd, finishing him off with a garrotte made
from his socks and shoelaces.
Kelly confessed to five
other murders. not including Boyd. He admitted
killing Hector Fisher and Maurice Weighly, Other victims
included the missing witness from his first murder
trial, and an elderly tramp, pushed beneath a train days
after the Kensington Station attack.
Authorities confirmed a
fatal "accident" at Oval Station on the date in
question, but they had no firm corroborating evidence.
June 1984, At the
Old Bailey in London, Kelly was was found guilty of the
murders of William Boyd and Hector Fisher.
Kelly was sentenced to life
imprisonment. At his trial at the old Bailey a
psychologist suggested that it would probably never be
safe to release Kelly from prison and that he should
spend the rest of his natural life behind bars
2016, An new book out claims Kelly killed
at least 16 people.