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BBC Four Lives: Everything you need to know about the ‘Grindr Killer’ Stephen Port

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The new BBC drama, Four Lives, takes a look at the lives and deaths of serial killer Stephen Port’s four victims.

The new series, starring Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith, explores the tireless work of the victims’ families and friends to get justice for their loved ones.

Stephen Port, who has since been dubbed the Grindr Killer, murdered four men – Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Jack Taylor and Daniel Whitworth — between June 2014 and September 2015.

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Who is Stephen Port?

Stephen Port, 46, is a convicted serial killer who murdered four men in Barking from June 2014 to September 2015.

The former chef lured the young men to his flat in East London, where he piled them with drugs before he raped and murdered them.

Men he had previously been in relationships with before the murders told police he regularly used the party drug GHB, which is often referred to as a ‘date rape’ drug.

Port used dating sites to meet younger men, and searches of his computer at the time found that he regularly watched ‘drug rape’ pornography.

Who were Port’s victims?

Anthony Walgate

Anthony Walgate, 23, was a victim of serial killer Stephen Port

The killer’s first victim was 23-year-old Anthony Walgate, who was found dead outside Port’s block of flats.

Mr Walgate occasionally worked as an escort, and before his death he was contacted by Port who offered him £800 for an overnight job.

According to Sky, Mr Walgate told a friend he had received an escort booking in Barking, but was not convinced it was genuine, so gave them the details “in case I get killed”.

Early the next morning Port called an ambulance claiming he had found the body outside, saying: “There’s a young boy, looks like he’s collapsed outside… he could have had a seizure or something, or just drunk.”

A week later Port was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after police found that he lied about randomly discovering him.

Port then changed his story, admitting he found Mr Walgate online and claimed the he had taken drugs from a bottle and they had sex twice.

He claimed he left for work before Mr Walgate woke up and came back to find him still sleeping when he then discovered he was “rigid”.

Port was bailed and it wouldn’t be until January 15 the next year that he would finally be charged.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to eight months in prison, but only served four.

Port was not investigated on suspicion of murdering Mr Walgate as police failed to search his computer despite seizing it after his arrest.

Instead the death was recorded as being a fatal GHB overdose after the drug was found in blood and urine samples.

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Gabriel Kovari

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Port also murdered Gabriel Kovari, 22

Port’s second victim was Gabriel Kovari, a 22-year-old from Slovakia who was planning to work as a translator, and became Port’s flatmate in August 2014.

Kovari was killed while Port was on bail from arrest regarding Mr Walgate.

His body was discovered by a dog-walker in a Barking graveyard near Port’s flat.

It was eventually discovered that he had died due to a GHB overdose.

Soon after moving in with Port, Mr Kovari told friends that Port seemed strange but he was not going to charge him rent for staying on the sofa, so he decided to stay with him.

However, after meeting one of his Port’s neighbours the day after he moved in, Mr Kovari texted him to say “Stephen is not a nice person”.

Daniel Whitworth

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Daniel Whitworth was 21 when Port murdered him

Just three weeks after Gabriel died, the body of Daniel Whitworth was found in the exact same spot in the same graveyard by the same dog walker.

The 21-year-old had also died of a GHB overdose, and his phone was missing.

Mr Whitworth started talking to Port on a dating site in August, but they didn’t meet until a month later.

When Mr Whitworth’s body was discovered, it was found with a fake suicide note that had been written by Port.

The note said he had killed himself because he had been taking GHB with Mr Kovari and didn’t notice that he’d “stopped breathing” as they were having sex.

The note added: “BTW Please do not blame the guy I was with last night, we only had sex then I left, he knows nothing of what I have done.”

Police failed to properly examine the note, and neither death was treated as suspicious.

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Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor, 25, was one of Port’s victims

Port’s fourth victim was Jack Taylor, who was found dead in September 2015.

His body was found slumped against the other side of the graveyard wall to where two of the previous victims had been discovered.

Like the other three young men, his phone was missing and he died of a GHB overdose.

Mr Taylor had met Port on the app Grindr, and CCTV showed the two meeting at Barking station in the middle of the night.

Police originally made no link to the previous victims and put the death down to a drug overdose.

His family refused to accept this story and pursued their own inquiries.

How was Port caught?

Port was eventually arrested in October 2015 on suspicion of causing the deaths of all four victims by administering poison.

He was caught in part thanks to the loved ones’ victims putting pressure on police.

Detectives released CCTV of Mr Taylor in the hours before he died, which showed him with Port, who was then recognised from previous inquiries by a local officer.

He is now serving a life sentence with a whole life order at HMP Belmarsh, meaning he will never be released.

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