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Kieran Patrick Kelly was responsible for the deaths of at least thirty-one people; a terrifying body count which dwarfs even that of more infamous British serial killers such as Peter Sutcliffe or Dennis Nilsen. It is baffling, then, as to why the Kelly remains relatively unknown in relation to his more media-friendly peers. Fortunately, author Geoff Platt addresses this concern quite early on.
True crime tales are often more enjoyable when the stories are told from a position of authority and experience. In this case, the tale of the Kieran Patrick Kelly is told by author and retired detective Geoff Platt. Platt was an investigator for the London Metropolitan Police during the time of Kelly’s crimes, and became closely affiliated with Kelly after his arrest. Platt claims he met with Kelly every day for around two years, of which Kelly would then describe his crimes, ordeals and motivations to Platt. Platt, then, has done an incredible job of weaving crime history with descriptive prose in order to paint a picture of the London scene at the time of Kelly’s murders.