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British serial killer gets 'whole life'

IPSWICH, England, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Convicted British serial killer Steve Wright faces life in prison with no chance of parole for the murders of five prostitutes.

The judge who passed sentence at Ipswich Crown Court in Ipswich, some 100 miles north of London, called the slayings by Wright "a targeted campaign of murder," The Daily Telegraph reported.

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Wright, 40, a former steward on the Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner, showed no emotion as he drew the "whole life" penalty after a jury found him guilty of the five slayings in less than eight hours.

Onlookers shouted "scum" as the prison van took took him from the court to the Belmarsh Prison in southeast London. Wright was placed on suicide watch once behind bars.

Police continued to investigate any connections Wright might have to a series of unsolved cases.

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