Stephen Port is the famous “Grindr Killer” nicknamed by the gay dating app Grindr for the horrific murders of four men he dated.
At the time, people believed that the Barking and Dagenham police could have stopped the murder of the other three men after Stephen’s first victim, based on the evidence.
Born in Southend-on-Sea, the 46-year-old lived in an apartment in Barking, London from June 2014 to September 2015 during his 16-month series of murders.
The BBC documentary How Police Missed the Grindr Killer will air on BBC One tonight (Wednesday 5th January) at 10:35 p.m. The factual BBC drama Four Lives also follows the story of the Grindr killer, played by comedian and actor Stephen Merchant, and ends Wednesday January 5th. Both are available on the BBC iPlayer.
What Did the Grindr Killer Do?
Stephen Port has committed four murders and multiple rapes.
He used the Grindr app to find men to date, lure them to his home, and continued taking the GHB date rape drug on them before cruelly murdering them.
It is believed that 12 men were attacked during this period – four of whom died.
Stephen’s four murder victims were Anthony Walgate of Hull, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25. The body of the first victim was found outside Stephen’s house – the other three victims were found in a Barking cemetery near dog walkers.
How did the police fail to see the Grindr killer?
How Police Missed the Grindr Killer is a 2017 documentary that investigates the murder investigation and the evidence that has slipped through the fingers of East London police accused of institutionalized homophobia. A specialized homicide squad was supposed to take over the case, only to leave it to the county officials.
Details of Stephen’s activities during his rampage have emerged. He would be side by side with celebrities like JLS ‘JB Gill and Eastenders’ Emma Barton while working with celebrity chefs himself as a trained chef.
Stephen first hired fashion student Anthony, his first victim, as an escort when he began his disagreement as a serial killer. It was the ex-cook himself who anonymously called 999 when he left Anthony’s body outside, claiming he had found it collapsed.
Where’s the Grindr Killer now?
Stephen Port is now a recognized convicted serial killer and rapist serving a life sentence with life order alongside Sarah Everard’s killers and Lee Rigby’s at HMP Belmarsh.
Stephen received his conviction on November 25, 2016 when he was found guilty of the assault, rape and murders.
However, Stephen was jailed for the first time in March 2015 for perverting justice in the Anthony Walgate case after lying during police interrogation when he was identified as a 999 caller. He was later released the following June and tagged electronically.
During that time, just two months after his release from prison, Stephen killed Jack Taylor, his fourth and final victim, before leaving his body in the same church cemetery in Barking.