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Loner convicted of new Jack-the-Ripper-style murders of prostitutes

PUBLISHED: 17:18 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010

A sex attacker who wanted to be a 21st century Jack the Ripper has been found guilty of killing two women whose bodies are yet to be found. Derek Brown, 47, denied murdering Xiao Mei Guo, 29, and Bonnie Barrett, 24, after taking them back to his flat in

A sex attacker who wanted to be a 21st century Jack the Ripper has been found guilty of killing two women whose bodies are yet to be found.

Derek Brown, 47, denied murdering Xiao Mei Guo, 29, and Bonnie Barrett, 24, after taking them back to his flat in Rotherhithe.

He picked up his victims in the Whitechapel area, famously stalked by Jack the Ripper in the 1880s.

Brown, originally from Preston, refused to face cross examination and police believe he could have been at the beginning of a killing spree.

Detectives have launched a nationwide review of unsolved cases to see whether Brown has links to any of them.

The court heard Brown was a convicted rapist and a serial sex attacker who was a suspect in another murder case outside London. He has been identified by victims in five other rapes over the past two decades.

Last week Brown stopped giving evidence in the trial while he was being cross-examined by the prosecution.

He denied murder, but admitted paying DVD seller Miss Xiao and prostitute Miss Barrett for sex before their disappearance last year.


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