For several months between 2014 and 2015 troubled London resident Stephen Port got away with faking his identity online, enticing young gay men, luring them into his home and eventually murdering four of them. Using extensive cover-ups, fake suicide notes and twisted storylines, the man known as “the Grindr killer” was able to run free and continue committing his crimes until finally, in 2016, he was thrown behind bars.
In REELZ’s new docuseries, World’s Most Evil Killers: The Grindr Killer, former friends of the serial killer talk about his dark secrets, creepy demeanor and shady dating life. Plus, experts on the case give shocking new details about the criminal, breaking down his string of sinister lies.
“I think the key thing about Stephen Port getting away with murder is there’s not that connection between actions and consequences. He can take somebody’s life and nothing happens!” says criminologist Dr. Elizabeth Yardley, recalling the time when Port was arrested and then quickly set free.
“And he continues to get what he wants, he continues to be able to assault his victims and dispose of their bodies in the most obvious way. And I think he does feel incredibly untouchable at this point in time,” she explains.
After Port was arrested and let out on bail, he killed his third victim. On September 18, 2014, he contacted 21-year-old chef, Daniel Whitworth, through an online gay dating site called LadsLads. The two decided to meet, and two days later, Whitworth was found dead in the same spot as Port’s second victim, Gabriel Kovari, 22.
Port’s next victim was 25-year-old Jack Taylor, a bubbly forklift truck driver who lived with his parents in Dagenham, east London. While his death was initially treated as an overdose, CCTV captured footage of the young man meeting Port hours before his body was found in a graveyard — the same one where the killer left Whitworth and Kovari’s dead bodies. Soon, Stephen Port was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
World’s Most Evil Killers: The Grindr Killer airs Friday, December 28 at 8 ET/PT on REELZ.