The hitman is said to first inject the victims with a blood-thickening chemical so they won’t bleed to death – to prolong the agony. He is said to be a go-to hitman in Spain, the Netherlands and Dubai
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Cops track down a hitman who is believed to be behind 38 murders.
He is nicknamed Bits and Pieces because of the way he is supposed to slaughter victims.
The killer is said to first inject them with a blood-thickening chemical so they won’t bleed to death – to prolong the agony.
The man, whom we do not identify, is wanted by the National Crime Agency, Interpol and the American Drug Enforcement Agency.
He is said to be a “go-to” hitman in Spain, the Netherlands and Dubai, with links to the British Armed Forces and Irish terrorists.
Insiders believe he escaped the collar as he could also be a high-ranking security service informant.
A source said: “He is a key member of a crime syndicate and his name has been mentioned in connection with 38 murders in the UK and overseas.
“He managed to escape justice. Either he has to provide information on high level targets or he is a lucky man. I suspect the first.
We can reveal the hitman was the prime suspect in a murder in 1988. The mutilated and burned body of mechanic Laurence Winstanley was found wrapped in a curtain and weighed down by a pickaxe in Baitings Reservoir, near Ripponden, West Yorks. The 23-year-old had been shot in the head.
The killer is also linked to the murder of Bolton bouncer Graeme Boardman, 35, in Spain in the 1990s.
And the hitman did business with jailed Salford mobster Paul Doyle, 64, who said: ‘He was well built and wore an expensive lightweight suit. He exuded confidence, was friendly and witty.
Doyle, who has written a memoir, claims the man uses mutilation techniques perfected by the Eastern European mobster and sends gruesome phone pictures to his rivals.
The National Crime Agency said: “The agency does not routinely confirm or deny the identities of subjects of interest.”