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Mysterious serial killer Bible John could be alive and living as a "respectable old man" in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, it has been sensationally claimed.
Award-winning author Dolores Redondo made the claim while promoting her novel, "Waiting For The Flood", which sees Scottish detective Noah Scott Sherrington pursue Bible John to Bilbao on a hunch the serial killer fled there to escape Glasgow cops.
Bible John was an unidentified serial killer who is believed to be responsible for the murder of three young women between 1968 and 1969.
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Patricia Docker, 25, Jemima MacDonald, 32, and Helen Puttock, 29, were all killed over a period of 18 months in Glasgow.
The murders took place after he met the women at the Barrowland Ballroom in the city's east end.
The killer was never identified and came to be known as "Bible John" as one witness reported that he quoted from the Bible a lot.
Speaking about the novel to El Español, Ms Redondo said she believed that Bible John could be alive and well today and living as a "respectable old man" in the Spanish port.
Ms Redondo said: "As far as we know this character may still be alive. It would be something similar to the case of Jack the Ripper, although we can be assured that he is dead because a long time has passed.
"Uncaught killers become legends. There's always a story around them that they were very smart, smart enough to be able to run from the police, but I think other factors can play a part as well.
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"Today he could be a respectable old man of those who walks through Bilbao or Glasgow."
Set between Glasgow and Bilbao in the days prior to a huge flood that devastated the Basque Country in 1983 and killed 34 people, 'Waiting for the Flood' has shot to the top of the Spanish book charts.
In an interview with Radio Intereconomia Valencia, the author elaborated on Bible John and her belief that he may have escaped overseas to Bilbao or another "large port where in the 80s all kinds of materials were exported from Scotland".
She sought the opinions of experts in both psychology and psychiatry to help her draw a profile of Bible John for the novel, which she said "made it clear how I should approach the character I was facing, a victim of childhood abuse".
Speculation at the time that the killer that he may have fled Glasgow prompted investigators to circulate copies of a composite drawing of Bible John – the first time the Crown Office authorised a composite sketch of a suspect – at British Army, Navy and Air Force bases across the globe.
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