Sally Shepherd, more details

My readers are the best. I said it before and I will keep saying it. Three readers have contacted me about the Sally Shepherd case providing more details. The Case Sally Shepherd was picked up somewhere in Peckham, South London, stripped naked, raped, and beaten to death at the end of 1979. She was struck […]

Suzy Lamplugh: excavation unsuccessful

The Metropolitan Police is still trying to find answers in the case of Suzy Lamplugh (25) who went missing in July 1986. She was officially declared dead and presumed murdered in 1994. Suzy Lamplugh was a realtor and had left her office in London to meet a client only known as Mr. Kipper. The case […]

Margaret Lightfoot: more details

Thanks to a UK reader we have these two newspaper clippings about the 1975 cold case of Margaret Lightfoot. I posted about her here. The clipping on the left is hard to read when I enlarge it. From these two clippings, I got the following details that I missed in my earlier post. Cause of […]

Mary Flanagan (June 9, 1943 – missing Dec 31, 1959)

The case of Mary Flanagan is probably the oldest missing person case in the United Kingdom. There is very little online about this case. That’s why I made this the Case of the Month for March 2018. Let’s start with a description of Mary. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall, white, medium build, hazel brown eyes, […]

The 1914 murder of David Ombler

David Ombler was 72 years old when he was beaten to death in his own home. His murder is possibly Britain’s oldest unsolved homicide. It happened May 30, 1914. The Case On May 30, 1914, Mr. Ombler (72), a market trader from Hull, was found by his neighbor lying on his back on his kitchen floor […]

Sally Shepherd, Margaret Lightfoot, and Clara Kirton

The unsolved homicides of Sally Shepherd, Margaret Lightfoot, and Clara Kirton feature as Cold Cases of the Month for September 2017. My friend Steve Morton told me about the unsolved homicides of Sally Shepherd and Margaret Lightfoot. I googled their names and found information on the BBC’s website from December, 2016. While reading about Sally’s […]

The cold case of Bernard Oliver (1950 – Jan 1967)

The Bernard Oliver case is known as the Tattingstone Suitcase Murder. Suffolk Police is reaching out again to the public for help. No one was ever charged for this murder. Bernard went missing January 6, 1967. He had not come home from an evening out with friends. His dad reported him missing the next day. […]

The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale

The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale describes the life and crime of Robert Allen Coombes (1882-1949). The book is a journalistic overview of the crime and trial that followed but it also explores human behaviour. Yes, Coombes killed his mother but what moved him isn’t as clear-cut as it seems in the beginning of the story. At […]