Did a serial killer push 18 people to their deaths on the Tube in the 1970s?

Scotland Yard covered up killer’s confession, a former detective claims

The Met Police is accused of covering up the murders of 18 people on the London Underground in the 1970s.

Kiernan Kelly confessed to the murders while being questioned about another killing in 1984, however, the police chose not to investigate, according to a former detective.

Geoff Platt claims Scotland Yard kept the confession secret to avoid causing a public panic.

Kelly made the admission when being interviewed for strangling his cell mate when he was in custody for robbery.

He claimed to have pushed 18 people off Northern Line platforms and into oncoming trains.

“He was loaded with adrenaline he was loaded with testosterone, he couldn’t stop talking and he came out and started telling everything,” said Platt, who witnessed the confession.

Platt assumed Kelly was making up the claims, however, further investigation showed he was on the platform at the time of a number of reported suicides.

“What immediately came to notice was that there were a number of people who jumped off the platform into the Northern Line,” Platt said.

“But what especially smacked you in the face was every time someone jumped on the track… Kelly was next to him.”

Cover up

In his book The London Underground Serial Killer, Platt said police covered up the murders to avoid causing worry to the general public.

“’It was a cover up.

“Think about it, the police don’t want it getting out - there would be mass panic.

“They didn’t want people knowing a serial killer got away with pushing innocent people on to the tracks, they’d be afraid it could happen again.”

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the claims included in this book but given the passage of time since they are alleged to have been committed these would prove difficult to substantiate without further evidence.

“We would invite Mr Platt to submit any information he has on these matters to us.”

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