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A.K.A: "The Midlands Ripper"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 2 +
Date of murders: December 1993 / March 1994
Date of arrest: December 1998
Date of birth: 1964
Victims profile: Rowley Regis, 20  / Tracey Turner, 30 (prostitutes)
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Status: Sentenced to life imprisonment on March 14, 2000

Alun Kyte (born 1964 in Stafford, England) is a British convicted double murderer.

He claimed his first victim, 20-year-old Rowley Regis prostitute Samo Paull, in December 1993, abducting her from Balsall Heath, Birmingham, and dumping her body in Leicestershire.

Kyte committed his second murder in March 1994, when he picked up 30-year-old prostitute Tracey Turner from Hilton Park services on the M6 motorway near Wolverhampton and abandoned her body near the M1 motorway at Lutterworth.

He was arrested in December 1998 and found guilty on two murder charges at Nottingham Crown Court on 14 March 2000. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and remains behind bars as the 10th anniversary of his arrest approaches.

After his trial, it was revealed that Kyte was a suspect in six unsolved murders which took place between October 1990 and May 1994. However, he has not been charged with any of these crimes.


Prostitute murders trial begins

BBC News

Monday, 28 February, 2000

A lorry driver has gone on trial accused of the murder of two prostitutes, whose bodies were found within a few miles of each other less than three months apart.

Alun Kyte, a 33-year-old lorry driver from Stafford, denies killing Samo Paull and Tracy Turner. His trial began at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

Ms Paull, 20, from Rowley Regis, West Midlands, was picked up in Birmingham's Balsall Heath red light district on 30 December 1993 and her body found in a layby near Swinford, Leicestershire, a few days later. She had been strangled.

On 3 March 1994 another body was discovered beside a country lane near Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

The body of 33-year-old Tracy Turner was not identified for several weeks.

Miss Turner, who was deaf and came from Stafford, is believed to have been picked up at the Hilton Park motorway service station on the M6, where she often plied her trade. She had been strangled and her clothes removed.

Mr Kyte was arrested and charged with both women's murders in December 1998.

Opening its case, the prosecution said it would show Mr Kyte had an unusual interest in prostitutes, that he boasted to fellow prisoners about what he had done to the two women and that DNA tests linked him to the murder of Miss Turner.


Prostitute killer jailed

BBC News

Tuesday, 14 March, 2000

A lorry driver has been jailed for life for murdering two prostitutes in the Midlands.

Alun Kyte, 35, from Stafford, was convicted of murdering Samo Paull and Tracy Turner, whose bodies were found within a few miles of each other in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police, who arrested Kyte in December 1998, have liaised with officers from Operation Enigma, which was launched in 1996 and is now looking at more than 200 unsolved murders.

Kyte is likely to be reinterviewed by police and further DNA tests may be taken to see if he can be linked to any of the unsolved killings.

BBC correspondent Richard Bilton said Leicestershire officers would be inviting forces from all over the country - including Scotland, East Anglia and the South West - to contact them to see if unsolved cases could be re-examined with Kyte in mind.

The jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard that DNA from semen found on Ms Turner's body matched that of a blood sample taken from Kyte, who - unknown to the jury - was jailed for seven years in January 1999 for a series of rapes in Bristol.

A forensic expert said the chances of the defendant sharing the same genetic profile with someone else were one in 33,000 million.

Kyte had denied murdering Ms Paull, 20, of Rowley Regis, West Midlands, in December 1993. She was picked up in Birmingham's Balsall Heath red light district and her semi-naked body was found beside a lane near Swinford, Leicestershire.

He had also denied killing Ms Turner, who died in March 1994. The 30-year-old, who was virtually deaf, worked at motorway service stations across the country.

She is thought to have been picked up at Hilton Park services near Wolverhampton and was found, stripped and strangled, at Bitteswell, near Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

Initial inquiries into the murders drew a blank but advances in genetic fingerprinting led police to Kyte, who had an "unusual interest in prostitutes".

After his arrest Kyte boasted to fellow prisoners about what he had done to the two women.

James Hunt, QC, prosecuting, said Kyte was seen at the Corley service station near Coventry, just days after Ms Turner's body was uncovered, posing as a newspaper reporter.

He told staff he was conducting an investigation into prostitution.

Under cross examination by Mr Hunt, Kyte could not explain the presence of his DNA in her body.

He said: "I cannot explain how it got their because I am not a forensic scientist. It is for the jury to decide on that evidence".

But he said he may have slept with her after meeting her at a Stafford nightclub and added: "They say the DNA is mine and in that case I must have had sex with her at some point.

"You meet people and have sex with them or a one night stand and you don't remember it."


The victims

Samo Paull was picked up in the red light district of Birmingham.


Tracey Turner plied her trade on Britain's motorways.


Samo Paull's body was discovered in a quiet lane.



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