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Britain has long hosted it’s fair share of serial killers: Jack the Ripper, Leather Apron, and Dr. Harold Shipman, to name just a few. Now we have a new entry — the Crossbow Cannibal of Leeds:

A British man who admitted to shooting his prostitute victims in the head with a crossbow before dismembering and eating them was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, according to several British news reports.

Stephen Griffiths, 40, who called himself “The Crossbow Cannibal,” pleaded guilty to murdering Susan Rushworth, 43, Shelley Armitage 31, and Suzanne Blamires, 36, the U.K. daily Guardian reports.

Griffiths was caught when a building supervisor spotted him in the act on closed circuit television in Bradford, near the city of Leeds, in northern England, the Guardian reports.

“(The supervisor) saw an image of someone on the third floor dragging a person into flat 33,” prosecutor Robert Smith said.

Shortly afterwards, a woman ran from the apartment and fell to the floor, the Guardian reports. Griffiths shot her with a crossbow as she lay on the floor, and dragged her into the flat by a leg.

Griffiths allegedly “toasted” the death by raising a can of drink to the closed circuit security camera, the U.K. daily Telegraph reports.

The killer claims to have been working on a PhD in Criminology. I take it this was a “how to” course of study? Reportedly neighbors referred to him as “the Weirdo.” At least he wasn’t one of those quiet types whom you’d never suspect…

RELATED: Not to be outdone, Philadelphia has just announced its own serial-killer infestation – the Kensington Strangler. (via Gabriel Malor)

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