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On 15 March 1986 a 37-year-old man named Alex Kasson was found murdered in a derelict flat in Kensington, London. The investigation did not make much progress because there were no obvious ties between killer and victim.
On 6 April that year, Anthony Connolly, 24, was found murdered on a railway embankment in Brixton. He had been strangled to death with his own scarf. Because Connolly had been sharing a flat with a man who was HIV positive, there was a long delay between the discovery of the body and the post mortem because the coroner wanted to make sure Connolly was not himself infected with HIV. This created serious tensions between the authorities and the gay community, the latter accusing the former of dragging their heels and not taking the death of a gay man seriously enough.
Trial and imprisonment
Six weeks later, on 18 May, Michele de Marco Lupo was arrested and charged with the murders of Connolly and Burns. Lupo, who ran a flower shop in Chelsea, was originally from Italy and was a former soldier. He apparently called himself "The Wolf Man" ("lupo" means "wolf" in Italian) and boasted of having had 4,000 lovers.
On 21 May Lupo was charged with two other recent killings, those of a young hospital worker named Damien McClusky, who had been strangled in West London, and an unidentified man, who was murdered near Hungerford Bridge over the Thames. In addition to these four murders, Lupo was charged with two attempted murders.
In 1987, at the Old Bailey, Lupo pleaded guilty to all charges and was given four life sentences, plus 14 years. There were investigations from a number of cities Lupo had visited in the early 1980s, such as New York, Berlin and Los Angeles, to see if he was responsible for unsolved homicides in those areas, although no such evidence of any further crimes committed by Lupo in these or any other locations came to light.
In February 1995, Lupo died in Frankland Prison, Co Durham from an AIDS related illness. He had contracted the disease shortly before his killing spree and he claimed that finding this out was what had set him off on his rampage.
- Bennetto, Jason (18 February 1995). "Serial killer with HIV virus dies in jail". The Independent.