The harrowing story of a twisted killer who murdered four gay men, including a man from Hull, will be told in a new three-part BBC drama.
Based on true events, Four Lives will shed a light on the evil actions of serial killer Stephen Port, who claimed the life of his first victim, Anthony Walgate from Hull, before going on to murder three more young men to fulfil his depraved sexual fantasies.
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Warped murderer Port, dubbed as the “Grindr serial killer,” will be played by English actor Stephen Merchant in the series.
The monster was given his nickname for the way he hunted his victims on gay dating apps, before luring them to meet him, drugging and murdering them.
He is currently serving a whole-life sentence in HMP Belmarsh, south London, after murdering the men over 15 months between June 2014 and September 2015 in Barking, east London.
The killer will die behind bars, as he is one of just 60 criminals in the country serving a whole-life term.
During the trial, the court heard how Port, of Cooke Street, Barking, east London, had an obsession with “drug rape” pornography.
His victims, Anthony Walgate, Jack Taylor, Daniel Whitworth and Gabriel Kovari, all died from an overdose of date-rape drug GHB.
Port, now 41, drugged his victims by spiking their drinks or injecting them in the anus with drugs, which he claimed to be lubrication.
After the first murder, Anthony’s body was dumped outside Port’s flat, where it was found by a passer-by.
The bodies of his other three victims were found in the same Barking graveyard. However, despite their similarities, police failed to link the deaths initially.
Port was reportedly attracted to smaller, boyish-type men and filmed himself having sex with unconscious men.
It is understood that 12 men in total have been attacked by Port during a three-and-a-half-year window between 2012 and 2015. Four of these died of GHB poisoning.
Port denied four counts of murder, four counts of manslaughter, four counts of administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm, seven counts of rape, six counts of administering a substance with intent to overpower to allow sexual activity, and four counts of sexual assault by penetration.
Port was a trained chef and it is has previously been reported that he worked as a £100-an-hour rent boy.
In June 2014, the same month he murdered fashion student Anthony Walgate, he appeared on an episode of Celebrity Masterchef, where he helped celebrities make pasta and meatballs for over 100 bus drivers.
It is believed he worked at the West Ham bus garage for more than 10 years.
Four Lives will air on BBC One on Monday, January 3 2022, at 9pm and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.
Three hour-long episodes will run consecutively for three nights this week at the same time each night.
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