CONVICTED serial killer Steve Wright has protested his innocence after being found guilty of murdering five prostitutes, including a Huddersfield woman.
Wright, of Ipswich, Suffolk, said there was not a shred of evidence that he killed the women.
In a hand-written letter to the East Anglian Daily Times newspaper he said the person responsible was still at large, “contemplating his next move”.
Wright, 50, was found guilty in February of murdering five prostitutes whose bodies were found on the outskirts of Ipswich over a 10-day period in December, 2006.
The victims were former Huddersfield woman Anneli Alderton, 24, Gemma Adams, 25, Tania Nicol, 19, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.
They all vanished between October and December, 2006.
Miss Alderton, the mother of a young son, lived in Huddersfield for many years.
She worked as a prostitute in the town’s red light area and lived in both Primrose Hill and Huddersfield.
Wright, who is in Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire, said: “People should believe I am innocent because I have gone through my whole life trying to be as fair and considerate to other people as I possibly could.
“I do not have a violent bone in my body and to take a life I would have thought would be the ultimate form of aggression.”
Wright, who said he is no longer on suicide watch, told of how he was numb with shock after being convicted.
He continued: “I did not expect to be found guilty when the verdicts came in. It was like knives going into my heart.”
During his trial at Ipswich Crown Court it emerged that Wright’s DNA had been found on some of his victims.
Fibres were also discovered linking the women to Wright’s clothing, home and Ford Mondeo car, which he was seen driving through Ipswich’s red light district about the time they vanished.
But Wright insisted the prosecution had not proved he was a murderer.
“All their evidence proved was that I had contact with the girls, but not one shred of evidence showed that I killed them,” he said.
Wright spoke of his “sorrow and heartfelt pain” for the families of the dead women.
He said the real killer had not been caught and added: “Believe me when I say he is still out there, contemplating his next move.”
Wright is pursuing a second appeal bid, after being refused permission to appeal in July.
He was sentenced to a whole-life jail term following conviction.