John Duffy

The Railway Killers, The Railway Rapists

  Active for 2 years
(1985-1986) in United Kingdom




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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 9 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 3 Books About John Duffy
  14. 7 External References
  15. Internal References

John Duffy (John Francis Duffy) a British rapist and serial killer who along with his accomplice, David Mulcahy, are known as the Railway rapist and the Railway Killers. Duffy and Mulcahy attacked numerous women and children at railway stations in the south of England between 1985 and 1986. Both are suspected of other sexual attacks, while Mulcahy is also suspected of attacks which took place after Duffy was in prison. In 1988, John Duffy was sentenced to life imprisonment.

John Duffy Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer John Duffy (aka) The Railway Killers, The Railway Rapists, was active for 2 years between 1985-1986, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 3 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United Kingdom

John Duffy was born on November 29th 1958 in Northern Ireland. He was born 2nd of 3 children and raised by both parents. He was raised as a middle child and had two brothers or sisters. His father, John Duffy. His mother, Philomena Duffy.

He married Margaret Byrne in 1980. He had one child.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes.

In 1985 (Age 26/27) John Duffy started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, stalk, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife and child in Kilburn, London, England.

He was arrested on November 23rd 1986 (Age 27), sentenced to life imprisonment at HM Prison Whitemoor in March, Cambridgeshire, England.

Profile Completeness: 69%
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John Duffy has been listed on Killer.Cloud since December of 2018 and was last updated 5 years ago.

John Duffy a known:

John Duffy
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: John Duffy
Nickname: The Railway Killers, The Railway Rapists
Victims: 3 - 3
Years Active: 1985 - 1986
Ages Active: 26/27 - 27/28
Active Countries: United Kingdom
Life Span: 1958 -     
Gender: Male
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Nov 22 - Dec 22
Birth Month: November
Marital Status: married Margaret Byrne in 1980
Children: one child
Living With: his wife and child in Kilburn, London, England
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Nov 29, 1958
Birth Location: Northern Ireland
Birth Order: 2nd of 3
Siblings: two brothers or sisters
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: middle child
Mother: Philomena Duffy
Father: John Duffy

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Arrested: Nov 23, 1986 (Age 27)
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: HM Prison Whitemoor in March, Cambridgeshire, England
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
9 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
John Duffy

The 9 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer John Duffy. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Nov 29 1958John Duffy was born in Northern Ireland.  #19581129
Nov 29 1978
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
(Age 26/27)
John Duffy started his serial killing spree. #1985
(Age 27/28)
John Duffy ended his serial killing spree. #1986
Nov 23 1986
(Age 27)
John Duffy arrested. #19861123
Nov 29 1988
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Nov 29 1998
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Nov 29 2008
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Nov 29 2018
(Age 60)
60th Birthday

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Boolean Questions:
previous crimes TRUE 367
rape TRUE 453
stalk TRUE 418
bound TRUE 406
strangle TRUE 443
mutilated TRUE 447
totem personal item TRUE 354
used weapon FALSE 453
used gun FALSE 451
torture FALSE 426
blindfold FALSE 363
sex with body FALSE 430
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365
robbed FALSE 418

Books that Mention John Duffy

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer John Duffy)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer John Duffy)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: Dangerous Place (mentions serial killer John Duffy)
Simon Farquhar
Dangerous Place

3 Books that mention Serial Killer
John Duffy

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0750969520 Dangerous Place 2
External References
  1. Q6230294 on, Retrieved on Dec 27, 2018.
  2. John Duffy and David Mulcahy on, Retrieved on Dec 27, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, John Francis DUFFY on, Retrieved on Dec 27, 2018.
  4. John Duffy on, Retrieved on Dec 27, 2018.
  5. Mark Edwards, Railway Killers on, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
  6. Sue Clough, Richard Alleyne, raping and killing for kicks on, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
  7. John Duffy on, Retrieved on May 22, 2019.
Internal References

John Duffy is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #27 of 43[ Page 2 ] of Sagittarius Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  2. #40 of 53[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Stalkers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #40 of 51[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in November
  4. #41 of 62[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers active in the United Kingdom
  5. #139 of 651[ Page 10 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  6. #202 of 250[ Page 14 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #248 of 307[ Page 17 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #319 of 651[ Page 22 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  9. #413 of 651[ Page 28 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  10. #502 of 651[ Page 34 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
Serial Killers Statistics, charts John Duffy is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Sexual Preference, Birth Category, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
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