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World papers talk of 'new ripper'
Many international newspapers are likening the killings of five prostitutes in Suffolk to case of Jack the Ripper in the 19th century.

BILD

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German tabloid Bild says the killer is acting with "scary speed".

It quotes British experts who say the "Suffolk Ripper" is already faster than the "legendary" Jack the Ripper as well as Peter Sutcliffe, who took six years to kill the first five of his 13 victims.

Worried locals are asking themselves who will be next, the paper says.

LE MONDE

The "Grim Saga Continues", France's Le Monde says as it reports on the news of the discovery of the bodies on Monday believed to be those of Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.

Most prostitutes have heeded the calls to stay off the streets but others are braving the danger, the paper adds.

The "shadow of Jack the Ripper" hangs over the murders, it says.

The case reminds people of the 19th century killer, who was never caught, Le Monde adds.

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

Under the headline "Rash of murders has England fearing another 'ripper'", the Los Angeles Times says police are in a "race against time" to track down a criminal they refrained from calling a serial killer.

The discoveries revive memories of Peter Sutcliffe in the 1970s and Jack the Ripper in London's East End, nearly a century earlier, it says.

Dread mounted that the "peaceful east coast of England had given birth to a new ripper" as police hunted for the killer of the five women.

Helicopters and divers were hard at work in fields, rivers and woods dotted around a countryside known for pastoral tranquillity, staff writer Janet Stobart notes.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The New York Daily News poses a question in its headline: "The New Ripper?"

The latest discoveries "struck fear into the usually quiet town of Ipswich", where police warned prostitutes to stop working the streets, it says.

Britain has a "history of killers singling out prostitutes", the papers says, again citing the cases of Jack the Ripper and Peter Sutcliffe.

The Daily News says police have been warning prostitutes to stay off the streets and for all women in the area not to travel alone.

THE AGE

Australia's The Age says the discovery of two more bodies appears to have confirmed detectives' belief that another "Ripper-like monster is on the loose".

"Fear mounts of 'Ipswich Ripper'", The Age's headline says.

Fast-moving developments and the rapid discovery of so many victims has "terrified locals" who are saying a killer is stalking the provincial town, it adds.




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