Man arrested over ‘ripper model’ multiple murders

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016,10:45 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Police have arrested a man who committed a series of ‘ripper model’ murders in various parts of Ernakulam district over a nine-year period.

Xavier, alias Kunjumon, hailing from Thevara near here, was arrested by Ernakulam Town North Police Tuesday.

He bludgeoned nine persons to death using stones in separate incidents between 2007 and 2016.

Homeless people sleeping on the roadside were his target. Kunjumon used to hit the head of the people with heavy stones as they woke up when he tried to rob them.

He is reportedly a drug addict.

Police said they received clue to the previous murders committed by Kunjumon in a detailed probe based on questioning him after his arrest in connection with the killing of Unnikrishnan on March 9 in a similar manner. Unni was killed near ESI Hospital in Ernakulam North.

Police said they used scientific methods, including help of psychologists and forensic officials, in cracking the case.