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Suspected Prostitute Murderer Ordered Held in Custody

A British court has ordered the prime suspect in the murder of five prostitutes in eastern England held in custody pending further hearings in his case.

The court in Ipswich Friday ordered 48-year-old Stephen Wright to appear for further proceedings January 2.

Wright is accused of murdering the five women, whose naked bodies were found in a stream or in woodlands during a two-week period earlier this month.

Medical investigators say one of the victims was strangled and another died from what is called "compression of the neck." It is not clear how the other three were killed.

The killings have been compared to the legendary case of Jack the Ripper, who murdered five London prostitutes in 1888.

A second suspect, arrested earlier this week, was released on bail, pending further investigation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.