Wednesday 22 October 2014

Irishwoman may have been the victim of UK serial killer

Geraldine Niland

Published 11/03/2001 | 00:11

WEST MIDLANDS police have told the Sunday Independent that it will be several days before they can establish whether a 47-year-old Irishwoman was the victim of a serial killer who has been charged with three murders last November in Birmingham.

They are awaiting the results of toxicology reports taken from the remains of Patricia Lynott, whose body was exhumed by Gardaí last week in Athlone.

Patricia Lynott went to live in Birmingham over five years ago. On October 23, she was found dead at her Birmingham flat.

West Midlands police initially believed that she had died from natural causes, but their inquiries into the background of a man who days later went on to kill three women in Birmingham has led them to re-examine the cause of death of Patricia Lynott, whom they now believe knew the triple murderer.

The man at the centre of their inquiries is 35-year-old Philip John Smith who was charged with the murder of three women last December.

His alleged victims were 21-year-old Jodie Hyde who was found strangled on November 9 last in a laneway near her home in Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

Her body had been set alight after her murder.

Then three days later the body of 25-year-old Rosemary Corcoran was discovered at 8.30am in a lane close to the M5 motorway in Worcestershire. She had been beaten to death. Twenty minutes later, the body of 39-year-old Carol Jordon was found on parkland in a nearby area of Birmingham.

The mother of five had died as a result of severe head injuries.

Philip John Smith is known as Bigfoot because of his stature; he is 6'2". It is alleged he told police that he worked for a Gloucestershire-based funfair as a casual worker before he moved to Birmingham some 12 months before the murders.

West Midlands police are now tracing the movements of the funfair which travelled around Britain to see if there is any link between Philip John Smith and unsolved murders in the areas visited by the fair.

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