List of unsolved murders in the United Kingdom (1990s)

1990sEdit

Year Name of victim(s) Location body found Notes
8 January 1990 William Howe Worthing, West Sussex The body of the 63-year-old retired vet was found tied up in his flat on 9 January. Because the flat had been ransacked, and because Mr Howe had tens of thousands of pounds hidden in a safe there (which the offender/s did not find), robbery is thought to have been the motive for the killing. In the period leading up to his death, he was tortured by being hit with a hammer and having his back stamped or kneeled on, suffering broken ribs as a consequence. The cause of death was asphyxia, and it is believed he died the day before police found his body.[1]
10 January 1990 Bridget Brosnan Stevenage, Hertfordshire 70-year-old Bridget Brosnan died in a hospital's psychiatric ward. The nurse who reported the death claimed at first that Bridget had suffered a cardiac arrest, but later changed her story to say that the deceased had used tights to hang herself from the bedhead. A Home Office pathologist concluded that Bridget had struggled with an attacker before suffocating to death as a result of being pressed face-down into bedding. Nobody has been tried for Bridget's murder or manslaughter, but the nurse and a colleague of hers did get convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.[2]
17 January 1990 Doris Kellett Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire Doris Kellett was a 92-year-old who was hammered to death in her own home. It is likely that the person who delivered the fatal blows to her head had an accomplice, for a witness reported having seen two men (one with a clipboard) talking to Doris on her doorstep about 45 minutes before her home help discovered her body. Her pension money was missing from the house, along with a ring and an amber paperweight. There are suspicions that her attacker tricked his way in by pretending to be a gasman or some other type of official.[3]
29 January 1990 Surinder Gill Hounslow, London Surinder Gill was an insurance salesman who drove a distinctive modified dark red Mercedes with 16 GLL on its number plate. He was found stabbed to death in his car in Beavers Open Space, Hounslow. Events surrounding his murder were reconstructed on Crimewatch in April 1990.[4]
February 1990 Brian Fitzmaurice Oxford Road, Huyton, Liverpool 48-year-old Fitzmaurice was stabbed to death with a stiletto knife at or near his home on 3 February 1990. He had been walking home after a night out drinking and was attacked at around 12.20 am. No motive could be found.[5][6]
February 1990 Richard Humphreys Body not found The 51-year-old taxi driver vanished on 3 February and his Ford Sierra was found abandoned with bloodstains inside it in a car park at Heathrow Airport (some miles from Whyteleafe, the Surrey village where his home was) on 12 February. A forensic re-examination of the car in 2012 did not give detectives the breakthrough they were hoping for.[7]
February 1990 Joseph McEwan Slough, Berkshire 38-year-old Joseph McEwan was found dead or dying with bullet wounds in his head at his Aldridge Road address. Nine arrests were made but none of the arrested people was charged over the Valentine's Day killing.[8]
February 1990 Kevin Childerley Mansfield, Nottinghamshire Intruders armed with weapons attacked 29-year-old Kevin Childerley and his wife as they lay in bed, leading to his death and to her losing the sight in her right eye. Police charged two men with the murder of Mr Childerley and the attempted murder of Mrs Childerley, but when the case came to trial in 1991, they were cleared – in part because the judge considered Mrs Childerley's testimony unreliable because a medical expert did not believe she had genuine memories of the attacks.[9][10][11]
March 1990 Jack Royal Sunniside, Tyne and Wear Jack Royal, 58, was shot dead with a shotgun in the porch of his house on 19 March 1990. The science teacher had himself killed someone in January 1987, although a jury accepted his claim that he had been acting in self-defence and found him not guilty accordingly. In April 1990, a local man was charged with Jack's murder. The 21-year-old's sister had, at the time of his death in 1987, been the partner of the man killed by Jack, and this was viewed as a motive. However, he was cleared in June 1991.[12]

In 1993, a second person was tried for Jack's murder. As with the previous defendant, someone close to him having a connection to the man Jack had fatally stabbed (in this case his girlfriend, who was the sister of that man) was viewed as a motive, and he spent nearly 14 years in prison for the murder before his conviction was overturned in 2007.[13]

March 1990 Stephanie Whittaker Body not found, disappeared from Newport, Wales 34-year-old mother-of-three Whittaker disappeared from the home she shared with her husband in Newport, southeast Wales after reportedly going out for a drink with a female friend on the evening of Friday, 23 March. She never arrived. Although a missing person case, her family and friends insisted she would never leave her husband and children and four years later her case featured on the crime-solving programme Crimewatch, with it being said on the programme that it was a case in which a crime must be suspected and that detectives feared the worst. She had taken no money, clothes or documents with her.[14][15]
March 1990 Ian Murray Erskine Upware, Cambridgeshire The body of Ian Murray Erskine, 44, was found in the River Cam in Upware on 25 March 1990. He had last been seen on 15 December 1989 at his workplace, the Bank of England, in the City of London. It is not known if he returned to his home at 5 Norland Square, Notting Hill, that evening. A number of cash withdrawals were made from Ian's account after his disappearance and a man hired a car using Ian's card and driving licence. Ian's body was found wrapped in plastic bags and the cause of his death could not be determined.[16]
April 1990 Dick Owen Sidney Johnson Lyne, Surrey 71-year-old Johnson was found dead in his caravan on 20 April 1990, having died of a heart attack during a robbery in which he was tied up. He had a large stash of expensive tack which was found to be missing.[17]
April 1990 Michael Boothe Attacked in Hanwell, London, died in hospital Actor Michael Boothe, 49, was set upon outside a toilet block in Elthorne Park on Sunday, 29 April. Seven people were taken in for questioning over the attack but each of them was released without charge.[18]
June 1990 Nick Whiting Rainham Marshes, Essex Nick Whiting, 43, a former car-racing champion, was abducted from his car showroom in Wrotham (Kent) on Friday, 8 June and found dead in a shallow grave on Rainham Marshes a few weeks later. He had been beaten, gagged, tied up, put in the boot of a car and shot, police said.[19]
June 1990 Leonard Gomm Hampton Gay, Oxfordshire Mr Gomm, 75, was a taxicab driver found stabbed to death in Hampton Gay, near Kidlington in Oxfordshire, at 10:50 am on 13 June 1990. His Ford Granada taxi was found five yards away. Mr Gomm had radioed his employers four hours earlier (at about 6:35 am), telling them he was taking a passenger to Bicester. Police believe he picked up the fare from Gloucester Green, Oxford. Two witnesses saw the victim driving his taxi with a passenger at around that time. No money or valuables were taken from Mr Gomm or his taxi, making the motive for his murder a mystery. On the 20th anniversary of the murder, Thames Valley Police reported the uncovering of new forensic evidence which could lead them to the killer.[20][21]
June 1990 Trevaline Evans Body not found, disappeared from Llangollen, Wales 52-year-old Evans vanished from the antiques shop she ran after leaving a note on the door that said she would be "back in 2 minutes". Her case is treated as an unsolved murder by North Wales Police and her husband was arrested in 2001, but later released without charge.[22][23]
June 1990 Patricia Parsons Upshire, Essex Though an arrest took place in 2007 over Patricia Parsons' murder, the case has since gone cold once more. The 42-year-old was a masseuse who ran a sauna in London, and reputedly had VIPs including a judge and a TV presenter among her clients. When, in her car near Epping Forest, her body was found on 24 June, there were three wounds to the head caused by the bow of a crossbow, along with injuries suggesting she had been beaten prior to her death. Police thought that her blue diary would contain clues as to who had killed her, but it has never turned up.[24][25]
3 August 1990 Ann Heron Aeolian House, Darlington, County Durham The 44-year-old mother-of-three had her throat slit while sunbathing outside her family home. Her husband, Peter, found the body and was later charged with her murder but the case collapsed. Nobody else has been charged with the murder.[26][27] Amateur criminologist Chris Clark has claimed Ann's murder could be linked to convicted killer Christopher Halliwell.[28][29]
August 1990 William Webster Yalding, Kent 60-year-old William Webster died on 7 August 1990 after being attacked with something that burnt or scalded him.[30]
August 1990 Brian Adams Derby 48-year-old Brian Adams was the victim of a fatal shooting just outside his Alvaston home after returning there on his motorcycle on 14 August 1990. Why someone wanted him dead remains unclear.[31]
August 1990 Paul Stevens Hayes, London 33-year-old Stevens was hit on the back on the head with a blunt instrument twice and then dumped in the Grand Union Canal just behind the Nestlé factory in Hayes on 23 August 1990. He had been out drinking in the Chariot public house in Hounslow High Street and other pubs. Stevens was homosexual and very effeminate, and one theory was that he was killed in a homophobic attack. He still had money on him and had not been robbed. In 2002 the police asked for help in tracing a man who was about 25 and who drank in the Tankerville pub, saying he was athletic, over 6ft tall and with blond hair. He was believed to have been Australian or a New Zealander. The case featured on Crimewatch.[32]
August 1990 Frank Harris Leeds Frank Harris, 26, was stabbed to death at a street party following an argument about a sound system. The murder, which a Birmingham man went on trial for but was not found guilty of, happened not long after the West Indian Carnival (an event that has taken place in Leeds annually since 1967) had officially come to an end and just hours before Sedley Sullivan and Rachel Soloman were murdered in the same street – a street fairly close to where people had earlier been enjoying the carnival proper.[33]
August 1990 Sedley Sullivan and Rachel Soloman Leeds It is believed that Sedley Sullivan was the intended target of this possibly drugs-related shooting in Harehills Avenue and that 18-year-old Rachel Soloman was killed as well by accident. Anthony Johnson (himself the victim of a gangland killing several months later) was suspected of being behind the double murder but not picked out at an identification parade.[34][35]
September 1990 Gail Whitehouse Wolverhampton Someone strangled 23-year-old Gail Whitehouse, a mother-of-two, and left her body in bushes in Wolverhampton's red-light district. Convicted serial rapist David Williams was acquitted of her murder in 1993.[36][37]
September 1990 Andrew Pilch Elsing, Norfolk Andrew Pilch's wife reported finding him deceased at their Church Street cottage on 13 September and it was believed the death of the 34-year-old was due to natural causes until a pathologist found that strangulation was the cause of it. Three men were cleared of his murder.[38][39]
September 1990 Andrew Bedford Body not found Andrew Bedford went missing on 28 September 1990. He lived in Huntingdon and was last seen in Ramsey, and it is thought by the police that he is likely to have been killed with a gun. In 2015, they reopened the investigation into the disappearance of the 30-year-old, but in 2020 a police spokesman said the case was now back in the hands of Cambridgeshire Constabulary's cold case team as there were no more lines of inquiry to pursue.[40]
October 1990 Judith Gold Hampstead, North London A newspaper boy found the body of 51-year-old financial adviser Judith Gold, also known as Judith Silver, yards from her own home after she left dressed for a business meeting.[41] She had died after receiving several blows to the left side of her face from an unidentified weapon.[41] After serial killer Levi Bellfield's 2008 conviction for the murder of two women in south-west London with hammers, police announced they would be reviewing Gold's case, as they suspected it could be one of a number of unsolved attacks on women Bellfield was responsible for.[41][42]
November 1990 Leslie Jackson Blackburn, Lancashire 70-year-old Leslie Jackson, a horse dealer living in a sheltered bungalow in Sussex Drive, was beaten to death in his bathroom. It was thought that he had kept large sums of money at his home and a watch and gold sovereign rings were later found to be missing from the property, which had been ransacked. During their investigation, the police visited every jeweller, second-hand shop and pawn shop in the North West, searching for clues and traces of the known missing items.

Two people were charged in connection with his murder, but it was determined that there was not enough evidence to make a prosecution and the case was thrown out. A third man who was also charged but whom the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence against later died, and his mother said that he never recovered from the trauma of his arrest and charge.

At the time of his murder, Leslie Jackson was suffering from cancer and did not have long to live.[43][44]

November/December 1990 Patrick Hurling Hertford 45-year-old Patrick Hurling arrived home from work at approximately 11 pm on Friday, 30 November and was found beaten and strangled to death there early the day after. Charges did not follow any of the three arrests made in the hunt for the accountant's killer(s).[45]
December 1990 Jan Mohammed Bradford, West Yorkshire Someone used a blunt instrument to batter Jan Mohammed about the head in his house in Manningham and then left the property with it locked on Thursday, 20 December. The victim, a 63-year-old widowed grandfather, was asleep on the sofa when the perpetrator started attacking him.[46][47]
December 1990 Steven Johnson Mow Cop, Cheshire/Staffordshire border Insurance salesman and part-time taxi driver Steven Johnson, 25, was last sighted on 22 December at 3:30 am collecting a fare in Hanley and bound for Packmoor. A dog walker discovered his body 20 yards from his taxi four hours later. His throat had been cut, and none of his takings appeared to be missing.[48]
December 1990 Edna Kilbride Leeds Edna Kilbride, 70, was found dead at her home in Parkway Vale, Seacroft, on 30 December 1990. She had died the previous day and suffered facial injuries.[49][50]
January 1991 Maria Requena Leigh, Greater Manchester 26-year-old Maria Christina Requena went missing on New Year's Day 1991, and her remains were found on 6 January in five plastic bin bags in the lake at Pennington Flash. Maria was a sex worker and the location where she was found is less than two miles from where the body of Linda Donaldson was discovered in 1988. A link between the two murders has been suggested[51] and a connection has also been suggested with the murder of Julie Finley.[52] Police have investigated prostitute killer David Smith as a suspect in both Requena and Donalson's cases.[53]
January 1991 Wendy Gallagher Barnsley, South Yorkshire Wendy Gallagher, 24, was last seen in Barnsley town centre on Friday 18 January 1991, her body was found the following Monday at her home on Princess Street. She had been strangled with an electrical cord. On the thirtieth anniversary of Wendy's death, police announced that items from the crime scene would be re-examined for previously undetected DNA traces.[54]
February 1991 John Green Poole, Dorset 36-year-old John Green suffered a frenzied stabbing in the office adjoining his shop and his fiancée found his body there the next day. He was not known to have had any enemies, causing police to wonder if he had been murdered in a case of mistaken identity. Two men seen pushing him into the shop on 1 February (the day of the killing) remain untraced.[55]
February 1991 Janine Downes Shifnal, Shropshire Janine Downes was a 22-year-old mother of three. Her body was found close to Lamberts Restaurant on the road between Shifnal and Wolverhampton on 2 February 1991. She had been strangled and had extensive head injuries, and some of her clothes were missing. Janine had been a sex worker and was last seen alive in Wolverhampton's red-light district.[56] Amateur criminologist Chris Clark has suggested a link with the murder of Sharon Harper in 1994 and a possible connection with the convicted killer Christopher Halliwell.[57] Police believe she may have been a victim of Alun Kyte.[58]
3 February 1991 Cheryl Shackleton Telegraph Hill Park, Brockley, London Shackleton was found beaten to death in Telegraph Hill Park. Her handbag was missing and police believe she may have been sexually assaulted. It was not known why she was in Brockley, as she had no links or ties to the area. She lived an itinerant lifestyle and carried all her belongings in a suitcase, which was never traced. Her murder was featured on Crimewatch in April 2006.[59][60]
February 1991 Anthony "White Tony" Johnson Cheetham Hill, Manchester Known as "White Tony" to avoid confusion with a black associate whose first name was the same as his, he was shot dead on 22 February in the Penny Black pub's car park. A man he was with was also shot, but not killed. Desmond Noonan was tried for Tony's murder twice (along with alleged accomplices, including brother Damien at the first trial), and the prosecution claimed that Tony had been murdered because someone had threatened to complain to him about Desmond taking half of his share of the money from an armed robbery. However, each trial collapsed due to a hung jury.

Aged 22 at the time of his death, Tony was a grandson of Winnie Johnson, mother of moors murders victim Keith Bennett, and had begun to descend into a life of crime within a few years of leaving school.[35]

March 1991 Ahmet Abdullah Walworth, London Jurors cleared two brothers of the murder of the Turkish drug dealer, who had been shot on Monday, 11 March – first inside a betting shop, then again in the street after leaving the building.[61]
March 1991 Duncan Clift Struck by a car in Hexham, Northumberland, died in hospital in Newcastle Duncan Clift, 27, a Kent Police officer who had travelled to Northumberland (the county he was originally from) to visit family, was standing in front of a car in a bid to prevent theft of the vehicle when its driver purposely ran him down. He died on 24 March – two days after the incident, which happened in a car park. A jury found a man charged over Clift's death not guilty of his murder or manslaughter.[62]
March 1991 Peter Rasini Palmers Green, London A tall and heavily built man shot the 44-year-old antique dealer outside his home with a .45 calibre automatic pistol on Sunday, 24 March before running away and leaving in a van that had been parked in nearby Oaktree Avenue.[63]
April 1991 Alan Leppard Monkton, Kent 43-year-old Alan Leppard was shot in the chest on Easter Monday after answering his front door. Brenda Long, his partner, heard the bang and rushed to the door to find out what the cause of it was, and she, too, was murdered at home just under nine months later. With no evidence that either of them had done anything illegal or was prone to making enemies, the reasons for the killings remain as much a mystery as the identities of the persons behind them.[64]
May 1991 Glenda Potter Rochester, Kent Someone strangled 32-year-old Glenda Potter and left her body near the United Reformed Church in Crow Lane, Rochester in May 1991. Glenda was a sex worker and her murder was featured on Crimewatch. Police re-examined the case in 2010, stating that they had DNA from the scene.[65]
June 1991 Alison Shaughnessy Battersea, London Bank clerk Alison Shaughnessy was knifed over 50 times on the stairway to her flat on 3 June. Sisters Michelle and Lisa Taylor were convicted of murdering the 21-year-old and sentenced to life imprisonment in July 1992, but had their convictions quashed the following year, by which time they were aged 22 and 19, respectively. Michelle and Alison's husband had been having an affair (though both claimed it had ended by the time of the killing – something the police did not accept), and the accusation was that Michelle, fuelled by jealousy, had stabbed Alison while her sister stood guard. An entry from Michelle's 1990 diary stating that her "dream solution would be for Alison to disappear as if she never existed" was used as evidence against her at the trial.[66][67][68]
June 1991 Penny Bell Perivale, London The body of the victim, a 43-year-old businesswoman and mother of two, was found in her car in Gurnell Leisure Centre car park by two women who initially thought her corpse was just a woman sleeping. She had been stabbed 50 times as she sat behind the wheel of the vehicle.[69]
June 1991 Lynne Trenholm Boughton, Chester Lynne Trenholm was found dead in Pinky's massage parlour in Boughton, Chester on 9 June 1991. She had been stabbed multiple times. Despite there being a solid fingerprint recovered from the scene, the police have no suspects and appeals are still made in an effort to solve Trenholm's murder.[70] Police believe she may have been a victim of Alun Kyte.[58]
June 1991 Sandy Drummond Fife, Scotland Reclusive Sandy Drummond, 33, was found dead on a farm track close to the home he shared with his brother, an isolated cottage near St Andrews, Fife, on 24 June 1991. Just days prior to his death, Drummond had withdrawn large amounts of cash from his accounts, although the money was later found in the house. He had also resigned from his job three days before his death. On the day itself, he was seen running from his house to fields opposite carrying a blue sports bag which has never been found. At 2:30 pm, a man was seen on a bus near to Drummond's cottage with a blood stained bandage wrapped around his hand. This man was never traced. Several occasions before Drummond's death (and twice on the actual day), an orange Morris Marina was seen parked outside the cottage, but it is still unknown who owned this car or who visited him. Drummond's death was originally ruled as natural, but forensics later revealed he had injuries to his neck.[71]
July 1991 Sheila Egner Nottingham At Yeomans Army Stores (where Mrs Egner was working) on Mansfield Road, the 62-year-old was hit over the head repeatedly with a bottle or hammer by someone who then took the till drawer (which contained about £250) away after wrapping it in green curtain. The drawer was found dumped and empty in a garden in Basford the following day.[72]
August 1991 David Brindle and Stanley Silk Walworth, London David Brindle, 23, and Stanley Silk, 47, died after two masked men opened fire in The Bell, a public house on East Street, on 3 August 1991. Brindle had two brothers who had recently been charged over the March 1991 murder of Ahmet Abdullah, but whether that was the reason for the shooting at The Bell is not known.[73]
August 1991 Sharon Hoare Fulham, London 19-year-old Sharon Hoare moved from her home in Bristol to London, where she worked as a sex worker for escort agencies. Sharon's flatmate found her dead in her bedroom at their home on Brompton Park Crescent, Fulham. She had been throttled and bludgeoned. Her boyfriend was questioned but released without charge. On 16 August, six days after Sharon's death, another sex worker was attacked at her home in nearby Kensington and it was suggested the two attacks could be linked.[74] A link has been suggested between her murder and Anthony Hardy, the "Camden Ripper".[75]
August 1991 Brendan Penn Bradford, West Yorkshire Father-of-three Brendan Penn, 22, was stabbed in the heart after running into a group of people already involved in a street affray. A detective later noted that he thought there were people with important information about the murder who were unwilling to come forward with it because they wrongly believed Brendan to have been an aggressor.[76]
August 1991 Arthur Thompson Glasgow Arthur Thompson was the 31-year-old son of the Scottish gangster with the same name and died outside his parents' home on 17 August when a car pulled up there and an occupant or occupants of the vehicle shot him. A man was found not guilty of the murder.[77]
August 1991 Andrew Elphick Body not found The disappearance of 21-year-old Andrew Elphick began to be treated as murder in 1995. Andrew was last seen in Brookwood, Surrey on 23 August 1991, and his car was found abandoned in Slough – approximately 18 miles away – the following day. Andrew worked in a shop in Woking and lived in Normandy. In 1995, three men were arrested in connection with Andrew's disappearance but no charges were brought against any of them.[78]
August 1991 Veronica Anderson Warrington, Cheshire 42-year-old Veronica 'Vera' Anderson was found dead in her Ford Cortina on Tannery Lane, Penketh, Warrington, on 25 August 1991. Her throat had been cut.[51] Vera had last been seen at her home address on Hadfield Close, Widnes the previous day. That evening, she received a telephone call, then left her six-year-old son with a neighbour. It was not expected that she would be gone for long.[79]
August 1991 Nicholas Hanscomb London Nicolas Hanscomb died in the early hours of 26 August at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington after a member of a group of youths stabbed the 38-year-old scientist in the groin at the Notting Hill Carnival. Part of Hanscomb's work as a scientist was to help develop the DNA genetic fingerprint test.[80]
August 1991 Sarah Crump Southall, London Sarah Crump, 31, was found murdered at her home in Southall, west London on 31 August 1991. She had been stabbed. Two years later, David Smith stood trial for Sarah's murder but was acquitted. The same man was jailed in 1999 for the murder of a 21-year-old sex worker, Amanda Walker, who he had picked up near Paddington Station, London.[81]
September 1991 Brenda Cross Attacked in Chelsea, London, died in hospital 73-year-old Cross was fatally beaten on 4 September 1991 in the basement of Anno Domini, the antiques shop she worked in on Pimlico Road. Police said she had clearly put up a ferocious fight with her attacker but she later died of her injuries in hospital. The murder weapons were antique fire irons in the basement of the shop. The shop's owner was tried for the murder but acquitted on the order of the judge, who said that the evidence showed it was inherently improbable that the owner was the killer. The owner had allegedly been in a bad mood as Cross was planning to leave and he had not found a replacement, and he was also stressed because he had had to pay £40,000 in back rent and arrangements for a new lease on the premises were becoming difficult. The shop owner was a retired actor and had appeared in the hospital soap opera Emergency Ward 10.[82][83]
September 1991 Andrew Smith Glasgow 23-year-old Andrew Smith was discovered stabbed to death beside the Forth and Clyde Canal at Maryhill soon after midnight on 10 September. Police suspected a man called Mark Vass to have been the assailant but never had enough evidence to charge him with the crime. Vass was later shot twice in the legs and then in the head by Eamonn Docherty, who pled guilty to the murder of Vass in 1996.[84][85]
September 1991 Sarah Bowdler Walsall, West Midlands Sarah Bowdler, a 68-year-old charity worker and widow, was found strangled in her bedroom at her home on Somers Road, Pleck, Walsall, on 17 September 1991. No motive for her murder was established: nothing had been stolen and the fact that there was no sign of a break-in suggested that Sarah had let her killer into her home.[86]
September 1991 Bobby Glover and Joe Hanlon Glasgow 31-year-old Bobby Glover and 23-year-old Joe Hanlon were two of three men due to stand trial for the August 1991 murder of Arthur Thompson Jnr when they were fatally shot on the night of 18 September. Their bodies were left near a Shettleston pub after the killings – killings thought to have been carried out in revenge for the murder they were suspected of involvement in.[87][77]
October 1991 The Bolney Torso Bolney, Sussex In October 1991 a body was discovered in woodland off Broxmead Lane in Bolney, Sussex. The head and hands had been removed and the victim was never identified. In March 2009 police exhumed the body and gave a revised description of the victim. He was between 5 ft 6 and 5 ft 8 ins tall, well built and aged 35–45. Police also issued pictures of his clothing, including a light-blue shirt with a distinctive motif on its pocket.[88][89]
October 1991 Diane McInally Glasgow Diane McInally, 23, was last seen getting into a car with two men in Cadogan Street, Glasgow, on 15 October 1991. Her body was found in woodland in the city's Pollok Park and she had been strangled. Diane was a sex worker and two men were charged with her murder but there was not enough evidence for them to stand trial. In 2017, Diane's son called for the investigation into his mother's murder to be reopened, claiming he had new evidence.[90]
November 1991 Sharon Tyler Tilney All Saints, Norfolk 24-year-old Sharon Tyler was knifed to death at her home on 12 November. Hairs she had in her hand when discovered dead in the kitchen not being tested as well as they could have been, together with a forensic expert's case notes being altered and his failure to treat two bloodspots on the murder weapon separately, meant that the conviction of a man found guilty of murdering her was later deemed unsafe. (It was not possible to retest the hairs to establish whether they were his or not as they were destroyed long before his retrial.)[91]
28 November 1991 Barbara Finn Body not found Prostitute Barbara Finn vanished from her usual area of work in Hillfields, Coventry on 28 November 1991. She took a prescription of methadone and it would have been unlikely that she wouldn't have come home for more. Police suspect she, along with fellow Hillfields prostitute Marie Garrity who disappeared in 1995, may have been victims of known prostitute killer Alun Kyte, the "Midlands Ripper".[92][93][94] It has been noted that she disappeared at about the same time as another woman, Nicola Payne, vanished from Coventry, although it was also highlighted that their lifestyles were completely separate and it is believed their cases are not connected.[94]
December 1991 Jim Morrison Aldwych, London Detective Constable Jim Morrison, 26, was off duty when he attempted to arrest a man suspected of stealing bags from pub customers. He chased the subject from Covent Garden to Aldwych where he was fatally stabbed three times. A reward of £30,000 was offered on the 30th anniversary of DC Morrison's death in December 2021.[95]
December 1991 Nicola Payne Body not found Nicola Payne, aged 18, went missing from the Henley Green area of Coventry on 14 December 1991. She was on her way to her parents' house from her home in Winston Avenue. She had a six-month-old son at the time of her disappearance. In June 2012 police began a search of parkland after being given new information.[96] On 20 June 2012, Nigel Barwell and his brother-in-law Thomas O'Reilly were arrested by the police[97] but later released.[98] On 27 January 2015, Barwell and O'Reilly were charged with her murder.[99] However, on 16 November 2015, they were found not guilty of murdering Payne.[100] A tent which appeared to show DNA evidence against the defendants had been stored in uncertain conditions for a month and cross-contamination was therefore possible.[101]
December 1991 Brenda Long Whitstable, Kent Because there was a suicide note next to the bath in which Brenda Long's body was found and an empty pill packet was in the bath as well, foul play was not suspected to begin with, but an examination of the body by a pathologist revealed that someone had caused her to fall unconscious by holding a cloth soaked with ether over her nose before drowning her. The murder followed that of her partner, Alan Leppard, in April of the same year, and his is also still unsolved.[64]
December 1991 Kathleen Waugh Derwent Reservoir, Derbyshire Kathleen Waugh was 41 years old when she went missing one night from Knowle House care home, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside. Her body was found floating in Derwent Reservoir early in 1992, six weeks after her disappearance. The location was 25 miles from where she lived. Kathleen had an intellectual disability and the deputy care manager of Knowle House was arrested then released; she denied all charges against her. Kathleen's murder was explored in March 1996 in Network First: The Killing of Kathleen Waugh – an episode of an ITV documentary series.[102][103]
January 1992 Yvonne Fitt Lindley Wood, near Otley, West Yorkshire Yvonne Fitt was last seen in Bradford on 6 January 1992 but her body was not found until 12 September in Otley. Her murder was featured on Crimewatch that year and in 2019 police appealed to an anonymous caller who provided information after the broadcast to call again.[104] It is suspected that Yvonne could have been murdered by the killer of Leanne Tiernan.
January 1992 Perry Wenham Ipswich, Suffolk Two men were charged with the murder of Perry Wenham, but the judge at their trial ruled in their favour, describing the case against them as "deplorably weak". The case rested mainly on the fact that, on the night of the murder, the men were seen with Mr Wenham in the town centre when he was still alive before being seen without him and walking away rather quickly from the lane whose church's graveyard his stabbed body was later found in – a lane also in the centre of town. During a police interview, one of them admitted to seeing 31-year-old Mr Wenham get punched to the ground that night, but denied hurting him himself in any way.[105]
January 1992 Tracey Meade Grand Union Canal, London On 20 January 1992, 14-year-old Tracey Meade said goodbye to her mother before going to stay the night at her aunt's flat nearby, apparently a frequent occurrence. Meade never arrived and 12 days later her body was found in the Grand Union Canal. She had drowned but was found to have been stabbed twice and police think there may have been a sexual motive as she was only partially dressed and some of her clothes were found elsewhere. A reconstruction was featured on Crimewatch in April 1992,[106] but police are no nearer to finding the killer.
March 1992 Derek Ure Greenock, Inverclyde Security guard Derek Ure, 21, was shot on 26 March as an attempt was being made to rob a security van in Greenock town centre. The attempt ended in failure.[107] Two men were acquitted of his murder at a trial where one of them claimed that contact with the vehicle prior to the incident could be why a fingerprint belonging to him was found on a car used to get away from the crime scene.[108] In September 1995, this man – Mark Vass – was himself shot dead.[85]
March 1992 Beatrice Greig Nottingham 79-year-old Beatrice Greig was beaten to death at her home in Loughrigg Close, The Meadows, Nottingham, on 28 March 1992. Beatrice's daughter, Patricia Bass, was convicted of her mother's murder but the conviction was quashed in 1996 and a retrial ordered. Patricia Bass was convicted a second time at the retrial in 1997 and this conviction was quashed the following year.[109]
April 1992 Jacqueline Palmer-Radford Eversley, Hampshire The 40-year-old was found dead in her kitchen by her elder son on 1 April, having been raped and asphyxiated while he was at school earlier that day. Nothing was stolen from the house and there was no sign of forced entry, leading investigators to consider it likely that the perpetrator was not a stranger to her.[110]
April 1992 Michael Schallamach Body not found After Michael Schallamach vanished in Southampton, his wife received a letter posted in France and purportedly from a woman he had left her for, but the police, having long been of the opinion that he had been murdered by the time the letter was written, do not believe it was authentic. In 2016, two men jailed in 2005 for killing a family in 2003 were named as prime suspects in the murder of 53-year-old Mr Schallamach.[111]
May 1992 Amanda Duffy Hamilton, South Lanarkshire The body of the 19-year-old Scottish student was found in wooded wasteland near the car park on Miller Street during the evening of Saturday 30 May. Her post-mortem was carried out soon afterwards at 1.30 am and it was determined that she had been dead for about 17 hours, putting the time of her death at about 8.30 am. She had marks around her neck that had been caused by her necklace being pressed or pulled against her skin and there were few signs of defensive injuries, indicating that Amanda Duffy was unconscious when she was being assaulted.[112]
June 1992 James Crowther Attacked in Birkenhead, Merseyside, died at Walton Hospital in Liverpool Newlywed James Crowther, 23, was fatally assaulted in Hamilton Street in the early hours of Sunday 28 June after visiting Liverpool for a stag night. An appeal was later made for a woman who had phoned to give information that concerned the incident to get back in touch.[113][114]
July 1992 John Bowkett Body not found 37-year-old Bowkett, who was married and had a two-year-old daughter, disappeared without explanation on 12 July 1992 from his home on Welfare Road, Woodlands, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. His family say that "foul play" is suspected and say there was no reasons for him to disappear. He also had two children from a previous marriage.[115]
July 1992 Shawn Hanby Leeds On 23 July 1992, 28-year-old Hanby was found stabbed to death at a home in Bramely, Leeds. The former owner of the home and his homeless girlfriend were arrested after going on the run after the murder. The girlfriend was also on the run from the nearby HM Prison New Hall at the time, having been previously convicted of killing a man and for theft. There are, however, no records of any convictions in Hanby's case.[116][117]
July 1992 Christopher Stanley Hounslow, London Nine-year-old Christopher Stanley was last seen on 29 July 1992 talking with a friend and a neighbour on St Aubyn's Avenue, Hounslow. His body was found the next day in a wartime pill box on Hounslow Heath; he had been strangled. A man stood trial for Christopher's murder the following year but was acquitted.[118][119]
July 1992 Helen Gorrie Merchistoun Hall, Horndean, Hampshire 15-year-old Gorrie was found half-naked and strangled on 2 August at a popular site for courting couples in the grounds of Merchistoun Hall in Horndean. This was only a 10-minute walk from her home, which she had left three nights previously to meet a 21-year-old man named John Corcoran. She had also met him the night before as he cruised around the area in his vehicle, and he later telephoned her to ask her to meet up with him. Corcoran was convicted of the murder, with it being judged that he had strangled her in the grounds of the hall after she had rebuffed his sexual advances. Corcoran was released on appeal on a technicality in 2003 after only serving around three years. The police revealed that there were no grounds to re-open the investigation, indicating that they still believed Corcoran was responsible, but the case is now officially unsolved.[120][121][122]
August 1992 Michael Towler Bradford, West Yorkshire 57-year-old Michael Towler was found fatally stabbed in the living room of his home on Holly Street, Horton Bank Top, Bradford, on the morning of 6 August 1992. Neighbours had heard noises coming from his home the previous evening and a man had been seen acting suspiciously nearby. Michael's video recorder was stolen.[123]
September 1992 Steven Preston Body not found 23-year-old Preston disappeared after leaving his home in Heath Road, Bebington to go to work on 18 September 1992. In 2017 police searched fields near the M53 motorway in Eastham after a tip-off he may have been buried between Junction 5 of the motorway and New Chester Road. Police subsequently said they believed he may have been buried and murdered.[124][125]
October 1992 Kevin Coniam Mansfield, Nottinghamshire The body of Kevin Coniam, a 36-year-old Kent-born lorry driver, was found on 5 October in his Volvo Estate car in woodland close to the northern outskirts of Mansfield. He had been strangled, and police think it was by someone he had been associating with for drug-related reasons.[126]
October 1992 Nikki Allan Sunderland Seven-year-old Nikki Allan was battered and stabbed to death in the then-derelict Exchange Building on 6 October. George Heron, 24, a neighbour of the victim, was subsequently charged with her murder. However, at his trial the case collapsed as it was deemed that his confession had been gained by coercion. In 2006, police confirmed that Nikki Allan's murder was being reinvestigated by a "cold case" review team based at Northumbria Police's headquarters.[127] In September 2013, the BBC's Crimewatch made a second appeal and showed another reconstruction in an attempt to solve the case.[128] In 2017, a DNA profile was recovered from samples taken at the scene and in 2019 a man was re-arrested. He was released under investigation as inquiries continued.[129] In May 2022, police charged 54-year-old David Thomas Boyd with Nikki's murder.[130]
November 1992 Natalie Pearman Norwich, Norfolk 16-year-old Natalie was strangled and her body dumped in woodland at Ringland Hills, on the edge of Norwich. At around 3:45 am on 20 November, a lorry driver taking a short cut through Ringland Hills spotted Natalie's body in a layby.[131] New information about the case was received in November 2012.[132] A link had been suggested to serial prostitute killer Steve Wright, but in 2017 police revealed they had a full DNA profile of the murderer and solving the murder would simply be a case of matching the sample to an individual.[133][134]
November/December 1992 Harold Smith, Mary Smith and Harold Smith Jnr Birmingham Harold Smith, 72, his wife, Mary, also 72, and their son, Harold Jnr, 47, were found murdered in a bedroom of their home in Overbury Close, Northfield, Birmingham, on 2 December 1992. They had been bound, beaten and stabbed with a small knife. Nothing appeared to have been stolen and the motive remains a mystery. Criminal psychologist Paul Britton suggested the culprit(s) would have been aged between 14 and 25 and had good knowledge of the area.[135]
December 1992 Johanna Young Watton, Norfolk On 23 December 14-year-old Johanna left her home in Merton Road, Watton, at around 7:30 pm and was seen outside her local fish and chip shop half an hour later. The alarm was raised the following morning when she failed to turn up for her paper round and, on Boxing Day, her body was found in a freezing pond near her home and clothes and shoes discarded nearby.[136]
December 1992 Steven Clark Body not found Steven Clark, who was 23 and had disabilities due to injuries sustained in a road accident during childhood, was for many years thought to have last been seen in Saltburn (a small town on the North Yorkshire coast) on 28 December at around 3 pm, but in September 2020 a woman contacted the police to say she had walked past him near his Marske home 45 minutes or so later. (Marske is about two miles away from Saltburn.) This new piece of information followed the revelation that Steven's parents had recently been arrested on suspicion of his murder before being bailed. Both strongly deny being behind his disappearance.[137][138]
2 January 1993 Benji Stanley Moss Side, Manchester 14-year-old Benji Stanley was shot dead whilst in a takeaway with a friend. Though police found no evidence to support rumours that he had been involved in the trading of illegal drugs, they did reveal that they believed the murderer might have mistaken him for a drug dealer, and in 2011 disclosed the name of a dealer they thought likely to have been the intended target – someone similar in appearance to Benji at the time of the killing. Another theory is that the intended target was the friend of Benji's who was with him in the takeaway that day. (Benji was on the other boy's bike and had that boy's jacket on when the gunman struck.)[139]
7 January 1993 Ivan Dunn Chorleywood, Hertfordshire 56-year-old Dunn was found dead in a lay by with serious head injuries.[140]
21 January 1993 Arthur Brumhill Northampton 76-year-old Arthur Brumhill's body was found in the basement of the pet and garden centre on Wellingborough Road, where he worked part time, by a fellow employee. He had died from several blows to the head inflicted with a blunt metal object, thought to have been a tyre iron missing from the scene. The killer is suspected to have escaped out of an upstairs window with a small amount of money taken. An eyewitness described seeing Arthur with another man in his teens with "mousey-brown" hair, standing at about 5 ft 5 in tall, in the shop on the evening of the murder. Despite the case appearing on Crimewatch and several arrests being made the case remains unsolved to this day.

On 21 January 2013, the 20th anniversary of the murder, police announced they were reviewing the case and hoped that advances in forensic analysis and DNA profiling would bring the killer to justice.[141] A former colleague of Arthur's stood trial for his murder but was found not guilty in March 2017.[142]

24 January 1993 Stacey Queripel Bracknell, Berkshire The body of seven-year-old Stacey Queripel was found in woodland by South Hill Park on the night of 24 January 1993. She had been strangled with her necklace. It is believed she was murdered elsewhere because her shoes were clean but the ground where she was found was muddy. Stacey's mother, Gilliane Queripel, was arrested in connection with her daughter's murder but she was released without charge.[143]
February 1993 Doris Shelley Attacked in Martlesham, Suffolk, died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge Concerned for her welfare because she had not answered the door to a woman attempting to deliver shopping to her, a neighbour took the decision to enter Mrs Shelley's bungalow by breaking a lounge window. Inside, he found the 82-year-old widow cowering in her kitchen. A blunt instrument had been used to strike her head with considerable force, and she died in hospital ten days later, on 21 February.[144][145]
February 1993 Bulic Forsythe Clapham, London Bulic Forsythe, 42, was last seen by his colleagues at Lambeth Social Services on 24 February 1993. There was concern when he did not arrive for work the following day and, that evening, his flat at Foster Court, Clapham Park Road, was deliberately set on fire. Bulic's body was discovered by firefighters in the early hours of 26 February, and the cause of his death was found to have been a fractured skull. It has been suggested that Bulic was murdered because he planned to expose widespread abuse at Lambeth Council's children's homes.[146][147]
March 1993 Richard Miles Stonehouse, Gloucestershire The 29-year-old panel beater's mother found his body in their back garden during the afternoon of 10 March. In an apparently motiveless killing, he had suffered a single stab wound to the heart sometime after having arrived home for lunch from his workplace that day. Three men arrested in 2013 in connection with the murder – two on suspicion of being his killers, the third on suspicion of perverting the course of justice – all ended up being released without charge.[148]
March 1993 Carol Clark Sharpness, Gloucestershire 32-year-old Carol Clark was last seen in Montpelier, Bristol, on 26 March 1993. Her body was found two days later, thirty miles away at Sharpness docks. She had been strangled and her body was partially clothed. Carol had been a sex worker and her murder was featured on the BBC programme Crimewatch in the summer of 1993. Among those questioned in connection with Carol's murder were convicted killers Alun Kyte and Philip John Smith.[149]
March 1993 Jean Bradley Acton, London A 47-year-old businesswoman stabbed to death in Carbery Avenue on Tuesday, 30 March. A man was charged, but due to insufficient evidence the case against him was dropped.[150]
April 1993 Karen McGregor Glasgow Karen McGregor, 29, was battered and strangled on 18 April 1993 and her body was found hidden in the car park of the Scottish Exhibition Centre days later. In 1994, Karen's husband, Charles, stood trial for her murder but the charge was found not proven. Karen was a sex worker and links have been suggested between her death and the unsolved murders of other sex workers in Glasgow in the 1990s.[151][152][153]
June 1993 Jimmy Moody Hackney, London 52-year-old James Alfred Moody, known as Jimmy and himself suspected of murder, was shot dead with a revolver in a pub on the fringes of Victoria Park on Tuesday, 1 June. He had been on the run since escaping from prison in 1980.[154]
June 1993 Edna Waller Sheffield 79-year-old Edna Waller suffered fatal blunt-force trauma whilst being robbed in Bramwell Gardens, Netherthorpe, on Friday, 18 June. Her residence was in Bramwell Gardens as well and close to the crime scene.[155]
June 1993 Tommy Roche Near Heathrow Airport, London Tommy Roche, 42, was shot on 21 June 1993 by a man on a motorcycle. His death was not thought to be linked to the January 1993 murder of his associate Donald Urquhart, for which a hired killer was jailed for life.[156][157][158]
June 1993 Michelle McKnight Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland 29-year-old Michelle McKnight was discovered with two stab wounds on the drive of her home on 27 June 1993. A court would later find not guilty of her murder a man with whom she was in a relationship when she suffered the attack.[159][160]
July 1993 Amanda Duncan Body not found Although the body of 26-year-old Amanda Duncan has never been found, police are treating her disappearance as a murder enquiry. Amanda worked as a sex worker and was last seen in the Portman Road area of Ipswich on 2 July 1993. In 2018, on the 25th anniversary of Amanda's disappearance, Suffolk Constabulary made a new appeal for information.[161] A link has been suggested to serial East Anglia prostitute killer Steve Wright.[162]
July 1993 Javad Iqbal Brixton, London 37-year-old Iqbal was stabbed in the back outside his shop. A 22-year-old man who was the cousin of Iqbal's minder was tried for the murder after the lover of Iqbal's minder claimed to have seen him leaving the murder scene out of the window. Her evidence was considered unreliable by the court.[163]
July 1993 Harry and Megan Tooze Llanharry, South Wales Harry Tooze, 64, and his wife, Megan, 67, were shot at point-blank range with a shotgun at their home at Ty ar y Waun Farm on Monday, 26 July. Jonathan Jones, the boyfriend of their daughter, Cheryl, was convicted of their murders, but the verdict was quickly overturned on appeal. Since then South Wales Police have made several attempts to solve this case, but no further arrests have been made.[164] A link has been suggested between the murders and serial killer John Cooper, responsible for the Pembrokeshire murders.[165][166]
September 1993 Mark Jarrett Crystal Palace, London Mark Jarrett, a cocaine and cannabis dealer aged 29, was shot dead at his flat in Palace Road on Tuesday, 14 September. His best friend then went into hiding, but said after being charged with the murder – a charge he would be acquitted of – that it was fear of the killer that prompted him to.[167]
October 1993 John Culshaw Wigan, Greater Manchester 24-year-old John Culshaw was discovered knifed to death at his Wigan home on 23 October 1993, and his girlfriend's sister was later found not guilty of his murder or manslaughter. It had been alleged that she had killed him because she believed he had harmed her sister's baby son.[168][169]
October 1993 David Clarke Maida Vale, London David Clarke, 23, was shot and gold rings were stolen from him in Bravington Road, Maida Vale, on Friday, 29 October. A man who had not known him was cleared of both offences.[170]
November 1993 Karen Hales Ipswich, Suffolk 21-year-old Karen Hales was stabbed and her body was set on fire during a vicious attack in her own home on Sunday 21 November. The attack was almost certainly witnessed by Karen's 19-month-old daughter.[171]
November 1993 Glenn Ford Birmingham Glenn Ford, 35, was last seen alive on 22 November in his home city of Coventry and found shot to death in the yard of a deserted factory in the Saltley area of Birmingham the next day, apparently after having been lured there. A reopening of the case in 2009 led to four men being charged over his murder in 2010, but police dropped the charges following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service that the chances of a conviction were not high enough to justify putting any of the men on trial.[172]
November 1993 Paul Hamilton Glasgow The 35-year-old was shot as he was driving his car in the Riddrie district of Glasgow on 23 November, and there has been speculation that it was because he had given an alibi the previous year for the man standing trial for Arthur Thompson Jnr's 1991 murder.[173]
November 1993 Davina McMillan Body not found 36-year-old McMillan disappeared on 25 November 1993 from the home she shared with her four-year-old daughter in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. She was reported missing one month later by her brother. In 2020 it was reported that police were treating her case as a murder inquiry, with there being no evidence of her being still alive and her bank accounts not having been touched since the day she vanished. Her family say she would never have left her young daughter and mother and must have been murdered.[174]
December 1993 Adnan Al-Sane Manchester The Kuwaiti's headless body was discovered at Manchester's Piccadilly Station on 17 December 1993 and his head in a school playing field at Cheslyn Hay in Staffordshire on 27 January 1994 – parts of England to which he had no links. (His home was in London's Maida Vale area, and it was after a meeting with a Kuwaiti business associate in a Mayfair hotel on 14 December 1993 that he disappeared.) Police thought a financial motive was behind the murder of the 46-year-old billionaire and former banker.[175]
December 1993 Paul Logan Blue House Farm, Northumberland On 23 December 1993, Paul Logan's workplace, a takeaway in Consett, received a call from a nearby phone box requesting the delivery of food to a house in the countryside. With no cause to suspect that the call was not genuine, the 25-year-old responded to it accordingly, only to be told when he arrived at the address supplied that no one living there had placed any such order that day. He was bludgeoned to death soon after walking away from the house, his body being found by police a few hours later on farmland within its grounds. (The police had been called to the farm because it had come to the knowledge of its owners that Paul's car hadn't left there.)[176]
December 1993 Viv Graham Wallsend, Tyne and Wear Viv Graham, 34, was shot dead after leaving a pub on Wallsend High Street on 31 December 1993. He was well known locally as an organised crime figure and reportedly received a death threat shortly before he was murdered.[177]
January 1994 Sarah Lewin Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Sarah Lewin, 36, was found bludgeoned at her home in Bradley Boulevard, Sheepridge, Huddersfield, on 14 January 1994. It is believed that Sarah may have known her killer and her murder could have had a connection to her involvement in the supply of amphetamines. Sarah's brothers made a new plea for information in 2018.[178]
February 1994 Claude Moseley Stoke Newington, London The 32-year-old former athletics champion was stabbed with a samurai sword in early February 1994. Gilbert Wynter, who would go missing in 1998 and may himself be a murder victim, was tried for the killing but acquitted following a key witness's refusal to testify.[179]
February 1994 Danny Ferguson Bedford 32-year-old Danny Ferguson's killer shot him in the head at his bedsit on the night of 20–21 February. Five men were charged with and subsequently acquitted of violent disorder in relation to a fight in the building the day before Danny was found murdered there, and the fight was believed to be connected with his murder.[180]
March 1994 Trevor Monerville Stoke Newington, London 26-year-old Trevor Monerville was stabbed by five men on Trumans Road, Stoke Newington, on 19 March 1994.[181]
March 1994 Doreen Morris Holyhead, Anglesey Doreen Morris, 64, lived alone with her two dogs in Mill Lane on the outskirts of Holyhead. Her burnt body was found at her home in the early hours of 25 March 1994. A man stood trial for Doreen's murder the following year, but was acquitted by the jury. A new appeal for information was made on Crimewatch in 2010.[182]
April 1994 Josephine Berrington Wallington, London 34-year-old Berrington was found dead and naked by her ex-husband in her new flat in Abringer Close, Wallington, on Good Friday 1994 (1 April). She had been strangled and her killer had set her bedroom on fire in an apparent attempt to hide the crime. She was a magistrate at Epsom Magistrates' Court and had said that she had moved to Wallington to escape a woman she feared would kill her. A man was charged but the case was later dropped.[183][184]
April 1994 Brian Dunning Leeds 50-year-old Dunning was killed by unknown means between 13 and 16 April 1994, and is listed as a victim of unsolved murder by West Yorkshire Police.[46][185]
April 1994 Karen Reed Woking, Surrey Karen Reed, 33, was shot on her doorstep at 31 Willow Way, Woking, at 9:15 pm on 30 April 1994 when she answered the door to a man pretending to be there to deliver pizza. The motive for her murder is uncertain, although it has been suggested that it was a case of mistaken identity and that Karen's sister, Alison Ponting, was the intended target. Alison's husband had been convicted of murdering two brothers.[186]
May 1994 Dawn Shields Castleton, Peak District, Derbyshire 19-year-old mother of one Dawn Shields was last seen getting into a car in Broomhall, Sheffield on 14 May 1994. Her body was found on 20 May buried under rocks at Mam Tor in the Peak District. Her clothing was missing and has never been found. Dawn was described by police as leading a 'troubled life' and had been forced into sex work from the age of 14. The investigation into her murder was reopened in 2019.[187]

A connection with the murder of Michaela Hague in 2001 has been suggested, as have links with convicted killers Stephen Griffiths and Christopher Halliwell, the latter by amateur criminologist Chris Clark.[188][57][28] However, the prime suspect was prostitute killer Alun Kyte, who had killed two prostitutes in December 1993 and March 1994 and was suspected by police of being responsible for many other prostitute murders across Britain.[58]

May 1994 Andrew Trail Sheffield 26-year-old Andrew Trail was found with stab wounds on Saturday, 14 May in the toilets of a blues club on Hallcarr Street, Burngreave.[189]
16 May 1994 Diane Clark Gainsborough, Lincolnshire Died in a fire at 51 years of age when her house was set alight after being burgled. Despite three individuals having been arrested in relation to the case, no one has been charged with the burglary or with the arson attack that killed her.[190]
May 1994 Mary McKinlay Motherwell, North Lanarkshire Schoolteacher Mary McKinlay, 50, was beaten, raped and stabbed to death in her flat on 21 or 22 May. A subsequent inspection there revealed no signs of forced entry. The police charged a neighbour of hers with her rape and murder, but a jury returned verdicts of "not proven" on both charges. His trial came under criticism because his girlfriend had not been summoned to it (she had given him an alibi despite having gone to the cinema without him on the night of McKinlay's death) and because the prosecution's closing speech had been far shorter than that delivered by the defence.[191][192]
July 1994 Sharon Harper Grantham, Lincolnshire 21-year-old Sharon Harper was set upon and strangled after leaving the Market Cross, the Grantham pub where she worked as a barmaid, to walk to the home of her babysitter in the early hours of Saturday, 2 July.[193] A Hove couple arrested in 1999 on suspicion of her murder were released without charge.[194] Amateur criminoloigst Chris Clark has suggested a link with the murder of Janine Downes in 1991 and with convicted killer Christopher Halliwell.[57]
July 1994 Iftkah Ahmed Luton, Bedfordshire The victim was 23 and died on 7 July 1994 after being shot in the chest twice whilst in the kitchen of the kebab shop he was employed by.[195]
July 1994 David Foley Kings Cross, London David Foley was shot outside a pub on 12 July. A man was accused at trial of arranging the shooting from prison after hearing that his wife and two other women had been attacked by Foley, but the judge found the prosecution's case against him too weak to allow the jury the option of finding him guilty. Foley had survived being shot at ten days before his murder.[196][197]
July 1994 Chris Little Marple, Greater Manchester Shot on 22 July while driving his car along Stockport Road.[198] Arran Coghlan was charged with the 31-year-old racketeer's murder but cleared of it; the next decade Coghlan went on to be charged with and cleared of two other murders and cocaine smuggling.[199]
August 1994 Julie Finley Rainford, Lancashire Julie Finley, 22, was last seen alive on the evening of 5 August talking to a man near the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Her body was found dumped in a carrot field just off the Rainford bypass the following day; she had been strangled and her clothing was missing.[200] In 2019 it was reported that police were investigating a possible link with convicted murderer Christopher Halliwell, who lived nearby and was a taxi driver. Finley was going to see a taxi driver shortly before her murder.[201] It has also been suggested that Julie's murder could be connected with the murders of Linda Donaldson and Maria Christina Requena.[52] Police believe she may be a victim of Alun Kyte.[202]
7 August 1994 Marina Coppell Marleybone, London Marina Coppell was a 39-year-old Colombian prostitute who was reportedly found stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in her flat by her English husband. It was an apparently frenzied attack. A black bag she had been carrying that day was missing from the flat and was thought to have contained details of her clients. It was believed she had let her killer in as there was good security at her residence and no screaming or shouting was heard by neighbours. Police said that the angry manner in which she was stabbed suggested the possibility of a personal motive. Marina Coppell also went by the names of Luz-Marina Gomez de Rubio and Luz-Marina Angarita.[203][204]
August 1994 Kenneth Brown Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire Originally from the Scottish town of Falkirk, the 56-year-old businessman had suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest when a cleaner discovered his body in an outbuilding in the grounds of his mansion on 26 August. If the killer was a trespasser, they had managed to gain access to the property in spite of the tall fencing and trees at its perimeter and the remote-controlled iron gates at its entrance. Mr Brown had been fearful for his safety prior to that day, according to some of the people living close by.[205][206]
c. September 1994 Sandra Brewin Body not found 21-year-old Brewin disappeared from her parents' home in Peatmoor, Swindon in the second half of 1994, and she is widely presumed murdered. Her parents, John and Nora, claimed that her problems began in June 1994 when she became penfriends with a man who was in prison in Oxfordshire. There has been some media speculation that her case is linked to Christopher Halliwell, but there is no apparent evidence for this.[207][208]
September 1994 Julie Pacey Grantham, Lincolnshire Julie Pacey was found dead in the bathroom of her house by her daughter on Monday, 26 September after being strangled following a sexual assault. An unknown man wearing blue overalls was seen leaving the house the previous Friday and has been a suspect since the early part of the investigation into the murder. A Lincolnshire Police detective revealed in 2015 that they now had an almost complete DNA profile of 38-year-old Julie's killer.[209]
September 1994 Stan Nicholls Yalding, Kent Stan Nicholls, 37, was shot in the temple on 26 September when two men, one of them armed, burst into a public house as he was leaving the building shortly before midnight. Whether the gunman meant to shoot him or whether he did so by mistake when his real intention was to rob the pub with his accomplice (nothing was taken from there by either of them) is unknown.[210]
October 1994 Kathleen Hempsall Lincoln Kathleen Hemphall, 40, a part-time midwife, was stabbed in her home during a burglary on 11 October. A 15-year-old boy was convicted of aiding and abetting the burglary (which he had already pleaded guilty to) but not of Kathleen's murder (which he had not been charged with), while a second youth was convicted of her murder but later had his conviction overturned. A third youth charged with murder and burglary was acquitted of both.[211][190]
October 1994 Michael McCormack and John Ogden Balham, London Colleagues Michael McCormack, 59, and John Ogden, 34, were shot in Cavendish Road on 21 October whilst walking back to work after having had lunch in a public house. It seemed likely that the gunman had mistaken them for other people.[212]
November 1994 Lindsay Rimer Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire 13-year-old Lindsay Jo Rimer lived with her parents in Cambridge Street, Hebden Bridge. She was a pupil at Calder High School. At around 10 pm on 7 November 1994, she left home to visit the local Spar supermarket in Crown Street, Hebden Bridge to buy cornflakes. On the way to the shop she visited the Trades Club in Holme Street. According to CCTV footage of the supermarket, Lindsay paid for the cornflakes at 10:22 pm. Just over five months later, on 12 April 1995, her body was recovered from the Rochdale Canal, approximately one mile upstream from Hebden Bridge town centre.[213] Amateur crime writer Chris Clark has claimed that Lindsay's murder bears similarities to the murder of Caroline Glachan in August 1996, and he has also suggested a link with convicted killer Christopher Halliwell.[28][57] However, in 2016 police isolated a full DNA profile of Lindsay's killer.[214] In 2021 three unrelated individuals were charged with the murder of Caroline Glachan.[215]
November 1994 Nayantara Ali Winchelsea Road, Forest Gate, London 11-year-old Ali reportedly disappeared on her way to school on 4 November 1994, although no reliable witnesses saw her making the 10-minute walk that morning. On 29 November her body was found rolled up in a carpet in a pile of waste 50 yards from her house. She had been sexually molested. The yard where she was found had previously been searched numerous times, indicating that the killer had subsequently placed it there afterwards. It is believed she was alive for 4 days after she disappeared. Investigators said that the killer almost certainly had local knowledge due to their knowledge of the waste yard used to dispose of the body next to her home. When her relatives were questioned about her disappearance, they said that they had assumed that she had vanished back to Pakistan or run off. Her house and the house of her uncles who lived nearby were searched, along with the men's car, but no evidence was found to indicate her body had been kept there.[216][217][218][219]
November 1994 Shona Stevens Attacked in Irvine, North Ayrshire, died in hospital in Glasgow Shona Stevens, 31, was beaten with a weapon in a daytime attack on a path near her home on 10 November 1994, receiving injuries to which she would succumb on 13 November. Found at the crime scene, and potentially of significance to the case, was a distinctive semi-naked toy figure that police think was once attached to a keyring.[220]
November 1994 Helen Kazai Body not found Helen Kazai came to be treated as a suspected murder victim by police following her disappearance in mid-November. Before going missing, the 25-year-old was living in Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire with her sister's common-law husband and two people over whose deaths he was later convicted: his daughter and his common-law wife (Helen's sister).[221]
November 1994 Ethsham Ul-Haq Ghafoor Nottingham Father-of-two Ethsham Ul-Haq Ghafoor, aged 26 and known as Shami, was shot twice on 22 November while sitting in the driver's seat of his taxi. In the months that followed, although the police investigation into his death revealed him to have been a popular and well-respected individual, TV and newspaper appeals by detectives eager for any information that would move the case forward were not very successful. Despite this, two men in their 40s were arrested in 2014 on suspicion of Mr Ghafoor's murder; they were subsequently released on bail pending further inquiries.[222][223][224]
December 1994 Dr Michael Meenaghan (Spike) Blackbird Leys, Oxford A lecturer at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University, Dr Meenaghan, 35, was shot at about 4:30 pm at his end-terrace home on the Blackbird Leys estate in Oxford. Police called it an apparently motiveless attack. He was shot through the kitchen window of his home at 4:30 pm on 10 December by a person or persons unknown.[225]
December 1994 Leslie Watkinson Peckham, London Leslie Watkinson was a 66-year-old retired Salvation Army major and died when his skull was fractured during a mugging that took place as he was returning home with a pension collected at the post office.[226]
December 1994 Tracy Mertens Found fatally injured in Eaton, Cheshire. Died at the North Staffordshire Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent the following day. A mother-of-two aged 31 from Rochdale, Greater Manchester who died 24 hours after being left on the steps of a church by her killers, who abducted her when she returned to pick up belongings from her former home in Nechells, Birmingham. She suffered horrific burns and was found by a man who heard her cries as he walked past the churchyard on 23 December 1994. It was a bitterly cold evening but her clothes were still smouldering. A petrol can was found nearby. Mertens was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of Christmas Eve.[227]
December 1994 Edward Bransfield Coventry, West Midlands Edward Bransfield, 25, was shot in his parked car in Arthur Street on Thursday, 29 December. He was said to have been a drug dealer and to have had a kilogram of cannabis in his possession when he was murdered, but the police did not find it.[228]
December 1994 Amina Khatun Washington, Tyne & Wear 24-year-old Amina Khatun was beaten and stabbed to death in front of her three children on 30 December 1994 at her home on Manor View East, Concord. Her brother, Syed Fokrul Islam, was charged with her murder but the charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence to secure a conviction. At the time he was an illegal immigrant to the UK and was awaiting possible deportation to Bangladesh. A woman and three other men were charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice but these charges were dropped too.[229][230]
January 1995 John Kilcoyne Bristol Homeless 44-year-old John Kilcoyne had been drinking in a flat with two associates when the police were called to say he had been badly hurt there. An ambulance arrived soon afterwards, but Mr Kilcoyne was dead by then, and a stab wound to the neck was what had killed him. A 64-year-old man charged with the Irishman's murder had the charge against him dropped.[231]
March 1995 Nasreen Akhtar Oxford Nasreen was a 29-year-old mum of four who was strangled at her home in Cobden Crescent, Grandpont, Oxford. Her body was found by two of her children when they returned home from school on 30 March 1995. Her husband, Hakim Khan, stood trial for her murder but the trial collapsed. In 2015, police reopened the case and Nasreen's elder son, Imran, made a new appeal for information.[232]
April 1995 Janet Brown Hall Farm, Sprigs Holly Lane, between Radnage and Chinnor, Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border The body of Janet Brown, a 51-year-old mother-of-three who had worked as a research nurse in Oxford, was found gagged and handcuffed at her home on 10 April. She had been bludgeoned to death by an intruder with a crowbar or jemmy, but no stealing or ransacking had taken place there, and nor had she been sexually assaulted.[233][234] A link has been suggested with the murder of 50-year-old Carolanne Jackson 20 miles away in 1997 (see entry for 1997).[235]
April 1995 Natalie McLean Wythenshawe, Manchester 18-year-old Natalie McLean was last seen with an unknown man in the Piccadilly 21 club in Manchester city centre early on Saturday 15 April 1995. Natalie's mother found her body at her Wythenshawe flat on 20 April; she had been stabbed. A man was arrested but released without charge. In 2014 it was reported that the same man had been jailed for a sex attack on another woman and that DNA evidence had matched him to Natalie's flat.[236]
April 1995 Hugh Robb Ord Morpeth, Northumberland Hugh Robb Ord's bludgeoned body was found on 15 April on a footpath just behind his flat on Springhill Walk. Police, who made four arrests but have not brought any charges over the death of the 61-year-old, thought he had been lured to the footpath by somebody he knew.[237]
April/May 1995 Robert Higgins Kirkliston, West Lothian The body of Robert Higgins, 35, was found at the disused Craig's Quarry, Kirkliston, on 1 May 1995. Robert had died from a stab wound to his chest. Police believed someone local was responsible because the body had been dumped in a secluded location which only local people were likely to know about. In 2007, a man stood trial for Robert's murder but the charge was found not proven.[238][239]
May 1995 David Ungi Liverpool 36-year-old David Ungi got out of his car and ran a short distance before collapsing and dying after he was shot in it whilst driving along North Hill Street in Toxteth on 1 May. A series of non-fatal shootings in Liverpool followed his murder and continued into June.[240]
May 1995 Sabrina Brett Grand Union Canal, Stoke Hammond, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire The body of 17-year-old Sabrina Brett was found in the Grand Union Canal on Thursday 10 May 1995. She had been a teenage sex worker. Police believed she was strangled before being dumped in the canal up to six days previously.[241]
June 1995 Leona McGovern Glasgow Someone throttled and stabbed 22-year-old Leona McGovern before leaving her body behind the Arts Centre on Washington Street, Glasgow in June 1995. A man stood trial for her murder but was cleared in January 1996.[242]
June 1995 Michael Doherty Port Glasgow, Inverclyde Michael was reported missing on 9 June 1995, and his remains were discovered on 7 August 1995. He had gunshot wounds to the head and his body was dismembered. According to the police there has never been enough evidence to convict anyone for the murder of the 36-year-old and the case is still open.[243]
June 1995 Christine McGovern Walthamstow, London 47-year-old Christine McGovern was found dead in her flat on Hamilton Road, Walthamstow, by a friend on 22 June 1995. Christine lived alone with her dog and was last seen at 6:30 pm in the street outside her home the previous evening. A dog, believed to be Christine's, was heard barking at about 11 pm that same evening. The cause of death was asphyxiation and Christine's flat was ransacked and a number of items taken.[244] A link has been suggested between her murder and Anthony Hardy, the "Camden Ripper".[75]
August 1995, August 1996 Don Herbert, Paul Hemingway Sharlston Common and Normanton, West Yorkshire The same individual is thought to have murdered these two men. Don Herbert, a 64-year-old ex-miner, was fatally battered with an oxygen cylinder (used by him to help relieve symptoms of pneumoconiosis and emphysema) in his Sharlston Common flat during the August 1995 bank holiday, and Paul Hemingway, a 49-year-old window cleaner, was beaten and stabbed to death in Normanton 12 months later – again, in his own flat. The killer also took money from each victim's flat.[245]
September 1995 Sally Ann John Body not found Although Sally's body has never been found, her disappearance began to be treated as a murder investigation in 2014. Sally was 23 and was last seen on Aylesbury Street, Swindon on 8 September. She was a sex worker at the time of her disappearance. Three men were arrested on suspicion of Sally's kidnap and murder but were released. In 2011, during enquiries into the murders of Sian O'Callaghan and Becky Godden-Edwards, it was discovered that convicted killer Christopher Halliwell was a regular client of Sally's.[246] In November 2014 Wiltshire Police launched a murder investigation based on 'significant new information'. In 2017, police revealed that a postcard purporting to be from Sally was sent shortly after her death and was discovered to be forged.[247]
September 1995 Marie Garrity Body not found Marie Garrity, a 30-year-old prostitute and mother-of-three, disappeared at around 12 o'clock on the night of 8–9 September 1995 from the same area of Coventry that fellow sex worker Barbara Finn vanished from in 1991. Both have been investigated as possible victims of a "Midlands Ripper", who may have been convicted prostitute killer Alun Kyte.[248][249][250][93][251]
September 1995 Nobantu 'Mandy' Zani Druid's Altar, Harden Moor, West Yorkshire The body of 15-year-old Zani was found on 30 September 1995 near to Druid's Altar, on Harden Moor, not far from the towns of Keighley and Bingley. Police believed that she had been strangled with her own chiffon scarf. She had not been seen for two weeks but had not been reported missing as her mother thought she was staying with a friend. The police investigation uncovered a double life, but an inquest could not say with certainty how she had died due to decomposition of the body. However, because she had been covered with branches her death is classified as an undetected murder.[252][253][254][46]
September 1995 Gary Whitehouse Attacked in Blackpool, died in hospital in Preston (both in Lancashire) An occupant of a car got out of it and beat 27-year-old Gary Whitehouse with a baseball bat or the blunt end of a snooker cue early on 26 September 1995. The subsequent police investigation was hindered by the fact that the incident was not reported to them until 36 hours later and that none of those who were with Gary when it occurred could remember the location of it initially.[255]
October 1995 Diane Jones, Shauna Hibberd and Sarah Jane Hibberd Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales Diane Jones, 21, died along with her two daughters, Shauna (aged two) and Sarah Jane (aged 13 months), after the front door of their house was torn away and petrol poured in the building and set alight while they were asleep there in the early hours of 11 October. Three women each jailed for the arson attack or an offence related to it appealed against their convictions, resulting in two of them having theirs overturned and the other having her prison term for perverting the course of justice reduced.[256][257] One of these women was exonerated by South Wales Police in a statement read out in court on behalf of the force in 2006.[258]
October 1995 Joy Hewer Walthamstow, London Joy Hewer, 52, was stabbed and sexually assaulted at her own home on 17 October 1995. The retired primary school teacher was found dead after police and firefighters were called to a blaze at the sixth floor flat in St David's Court, off Parkstone Road, Walthamstow, at around 11:45 pm. Ms Hewer, a devout Christian, had suffered multiple injuries including a number of stab wounds. The murder remains unsolved but a £20,000 reward is on offer for information leading to a conviction.[259]
November 1995 Ian Grant Cherry Hinton, Cambridge Ian Grant was a 24-year-old who had worked as a nightclub doorman in Cambridge and St Ives. He was shot dead on waste ground near Fulbourn Hospital on 14 November 1995. Jurors at Norwich Crown Court cleared a man of conspiracy to murder him in 2000, and another man was cleared of the same charge in 2001.[260]
December 1995 Ahmed Abdullah Liverpool 21-year-old Ahmed Abdullah was head-butted and fell down the stairs in a nightclub on 3 December 1995. Two Liverpool men aged 20 and 27 were charged over his murder days later, but Liverpool Crown Court acquitted them. A barrister had suggested that Ahmed might have been injured fatally when other men were attacking him in the toilets after taking him there following the first assault.[261][262]
December 1995 Mustafa Zarif Essendon, Hertfordshire Mustafa Zarif's murder was believed to have been the result of ill will related to heroin trafficking involving the 32-year-old Turkish Cypriot. Thought to have been strangled to death in mid-December 1995, his remains were found on 6 April 1996 in a wood near the village of Essendon. Two men originally from Turkey were cleared of the killing but received long sentences in 1998 for smuggling drugs.[263]
December 1995 Trevor Hamilton Birmingham 37-year-old Trevor Hamilton was killed in a street shooting in Handsworth Wood on Wednesday, 27 December. Police soon started to suspect the murder to be linked with the non-fatal Christmas Eve shooting of an acquaintance of his.[264][265]
December 1995 Frederick Barnett Hull, East Yorkshire 71-year-old Frederick Barnett was stabbed and had his throat cut at his home in Hopewell Road, east Hull, on 29 December 1995. Four men were found guilty of murder and conspiracy to rob, but the convictions were overturned in 1998.[266]
January 1996 Michael Sutherland Hull, East Yorkshire Michael Sutherland died when he was stabbed through the arm and in the neck near where a New Year's Eve party was taking place. A man faced trial for the 31-year-old's murder, but the jury was instructed to find him not guilty of the crime when no further evidence was offered against him by the prosecution.[266]
January 1996 Deborah Wood Leeds The smouldering remains of 20-year-old Deborah Wood, who had been missing since leaving a Leeds pub ten days earlier, were found near a train station on 14 January. Forensic evidence suggested that her body had been stored somewhere cold prior to being dumped and set on fire.[267]
January 1996 Alan Holmes London The 53-year-old was found in his Camden Town flat fully clothed and tied face-down to his bed by police on 4 January after having been there since Boxing Day; he died in hospital the next day. Several people had used his bank cards to steal £1,000.[268]
January 1996 Angela Heys Belmont, Lancashire 33-year-old Angela Heys lived in Bolton, Lancashire. In January 1996, she was strangled and her body was dumped about six miles north of her home near a lay-by on the edge of moorland.[269]
January 1996 Bobby Jones Hastings, East Sussex The body of 26-year-old Jones was found beaten and stabbed in the neck in undergrowth in Alexandra Park, Hastings on 31 January 1996. He had last been seen at around 11:20 pm in Lower Park Road the night before. He was believed to have sold cannibis from time to time and it was theorised he may have gone to the park to fix a deal. 14 people were arrested and questioned at the time but nobody was charged. A £10,000 reward was put forward by someone in 2006 who did not want to be identified.[270][271]
February 1996 Surinder Kaur Varyapraj Birmingham Surinder Kaur Varyapraj's body was discovered in her house in Handsworth on 5 March 1996 after a local shopkeeper had expressed concern about not having seen her within the last month. A neighbour had heard a scream coming from there on 5 February, the day after the last reported sighting of Surinder, and a pathologist would determine that someone had used a ligature or similar weapon to strangle the 36-year-old. Police had the DNA profile of a suspect by the end of 2018, but it still hasn't been matched or partially matched to another in the National DNA Database.[272]
February 1996 Peter Swailes West Yorkshire Featherstone man Peter Swailes, 39, died on 9 February 1996 from a blow to the head in a road-rage incident that occurred between the villages of Nostell and Fitzwilliam.[273] A man in his late 30s was charged with his murder in 1999 and then acquitted.[274][275]
February 1996 Kevin Nightingale South Shields, Tyne and Wear Kevin Nightingale, a nightclub bouncer aged 33, was shot at his doorstep four times after being driven home from his place of work on 17 February. The people he was in the car with immediately prior to the shooting were each twice charged with his murder – in 2000 and in 2001 – but none of the charges resulted in a conviction and the three of them would later be given £35,000 in compensation by Northumbria Police.[276]
February 1996 Benjamin Rumney Gillingham, Dorset The 24-year-old's body was found in a wardrobe in his flat on Paris Court after firefighters were called there on 22 February to extinguish a blaze.[277]
February 1996 Junior Carter Birmingham 34-year-old Junior Carter was shot on Thursday, 29 February outside Winson Green's Feed The Nation, a takeaway on Dudley Road.[265]
March 1996 Linda Millard Body not found 48-year-old Millard vanished on 1 March 1996 and her car was found at Battery Point on the coast of Portishead (a town on the Bristol Channel). Police believe there was likely a connection to a recent gangland killing as she had left her partner due to her suspicions that he was involved in the crime and he found her two days before she vanished.[278]
March 1996 Russell Marsom Milton, near Cambridge The 29-year-old hairdresser from Heacham in Norfolk travelled from his home to go to a nightclub in Cambridge on Saturday, 30 March and was found drowned in a ditch the day after.[279]
April 1996 Andrew Bentley Sheffield A man with a gun went into the Flying Pizza restaurant on Glossop Road, chased 26-year-old employee Andrew Bentley out of there and shot him dead in the car park behind the building in the early hours of 12 April.[280]
May 1996 Owen Graham Liverpool A man entered a betting shop in Toxteth's Granby Street and fatally shot 49-year-old Owen Graham there on the afternoon of 1 May 1996 – a year to the day after David Ungi was shot dead in the same area of Liverpool.[281][282]
May 1996 Dorothy Wood Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 94-year-old Wood was killed during a burglary at her home in Whitby Avenue, Fartown, on 6 or 7 May 1996. She had previously been burgled in 1993 and 1996. She was found smothered with a pillow. A man was convicted of her murder but released after an ear print found on a window at the scene was discovered to have not been his.[283]
May 1996 John Marshall Sydenham, London John Marshall, 34, a married father of three, lived near Billericay in Essex, but when his body was found on 22 May (a week after he had gone missing), it was in south London. He had been shot twice. The car dealer had once been in business with one of the three men killed in Rettendon in December 1995, and this prompted investigators to probe whether there was a connection between his murder and the Rettendon ones. A later police statement made it apparent, however, that no evidence of such a connection had been uncovered.[284][285]
May 1996 Terence Mann Attacked in California, died in hospital in Gorleston (both in Norfolk) Terence Mann, a 51-year-old from Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, was stabbed on Sunday, 26 May in the car park of the California Tavern, California, on the Norfolk coast between Great Yarmouth and Hemsby. A man was later convicted for public order offences connected to the stabbing, but there has not been a conviction for Terence's murder or manslaughter.[286][39]
June 1996 Melanie Hall South Gloucestershire Melanie Hall, a 25-year-old psychology graduate from Bradford Leigh, Wiltshire, disappeared in June 1996 after a night out in Bath. Her skeletal remains were unearthed next to a slip road at junction 14 of the M5, approximately 15 miles north of Bristol, in October 2009. A man was detained as a suspect in November 2013.[287]
June 1996 Janet Murgatroyd Preston, Lancashire Twenty-year-old Janet Murgatroyd was a student at the University of Central Lancashire and worked part-time for Lancashire Police. She was last seen in the early hours of 16 June 1996 running from a man on Penwortham Bridge in Preston. Her body was later found in the River Ribble, her cause of death was drowning and head injuries. A man was convicted of manslaughter but this was quashed on appeal in 2004.[288]
June 1996 Jacqueline Gallagher Bowling, West Dunbartonshire 26-year-old Jacqueline Gallagher was last seen in Glasgow city centre on 24 June. Her body was found in a lay-by at a bus stop on Dumbarton Road, Bowling. She had been bludgeoned. Jacqueline was a sex worker and in 2004 a murder charge against a man, who admitted being one of her regular clients, was found not proven.[289][290]
July 1996 Katrina Taylor Brighton, East Sussex 19-year-old Katrina Taylor was stabbed six times and her body was found by a dog walker on the morning of 5 July in the graveyard of St Nicholas Church. Four people were charged with the murder, and it transpired that eight weeks before her death, Katrina had kept watch while her boyfriend and a friend of his burgled a house to feed their drug habits. It also emerged that a great deal of damage was done to the property in the course of the burglary, and that when the woman whose house it was returned to it the next day, she vowed that whoever was responsible would pay for it. She and her brother were among those charged.

At the 1997 trial, the other two accused, drug dealers from London (one of whom was the woman's ex-boyfriend), claimed that when the four of them and Katrina were in a house together to try to reach an agreement, the woman and her brother, with Katrina in tow, had left the house and said upon coming back that Katrina was dead, while the woman and her brother claimed it was the drug dealers who had done that. However, her brother did admit to having put the murder weapon down a drain in Peacehaven. The drug dealers were found guilty of murder but their convictions were overturned on appeal in 1999. During the retrial, one of them admitted to a charge of false imprisonment but was freed anyway because of time he had already spent in jail.[291]

July 1996 Stephen Primrose Attacked in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, died in hospital in Chester Stephen Primrose, 35, lapsed into a coma and died about six months later after his head was hit multiple times with a heavy blunt object at his home on Chester Road. His common-law wife found him unconscious and seriously injured there in January 1996, and nearby was his unharmed baby son.[292]
August 1996 Caroline Glachan Renton, West Dunbartonshire On the evening of Saturday, 24 August 1996, 14-year-old Caroline left the home she shared with her mother in Bonhill, a council estate in the Vale of Leven. Caroline was heading out to see friends in Renton, and was last seen alive at 11:30 pm at the Ladyton shopping centre in Bonhill. The following morning her severely battered body was found by a drug addict, hidden in shrubbery beside the river. She had been the victim of a seemingly motiveless violent attack. There was no evidence of a sexual assault.[293] Amateur crime writer Chris Clark has claimed Caroline's murder bears similarities to the murder of Lindsay Rimer in November 1994 and has suggested a link with convicted killer Christopher Halliwell.[28][57] In November 2021, police announced that three people had been charged in connection with Caroline's death.[294]
September 1996 William "Worm" Toye Perth Prison, Scotland 36-year-old William Toye was fatally stabbed in prison while serving a sentence for killing a man to stop him from testifying against his brother.[295] Two of Toye's fellow convicts were charged with his murder, but a jury found the charges to be not proven. One of the two convicts was Frank McPhee, a gangster who would himself be murdered in May 2000 and whose murder is also unsolved.[296]
October 1996 Geoffrey Leeming Linley Avenue, Haxby, near York 63-year-old Leeming was beaten and stabbed to death in his garage on 9 October. His wife was in the house watching Coronation Street at the time, and the knife used to kill him was later found at the scene. His wife, son and daughter were charged with conspiracy to murder in 1997 but the charges were dropped. The wife died in 2005.[297][298]
October 1996 Zoe Simpson Body not found 24-year-old mother-of-two Simpson vanished from her home in New Bank Street, Longsight, Manchester, on 26 October 1996. In March 1997 police announced that they believed she had been murdered and dug up the garden at the messy house she had lived in with her boyfriend, who was arrested on suspicion of murder in August 1997. Her family had disliked the boyfriend, who she had met at 16 and lived with in a tent at one point. Her doctor testified that Simpson had told her that the boyfriend had been violent towards her and she was scared of him. He had a long criminal record and police said that they suspected that he had killed her and then hidden her body in one of his scrap appliances such as a fridge or washing machine before having it destroyed at a car-shredding plant. A witness said they had seen the boyfriend at a car-shredding plant 50 miles away. He died in 2012.[299][300]
November 1996 Damien Nettles Body not found The 16-year-old vanished in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The disappearance remains under investigation as murder and in 2011 several men were arrested and released on bail.[301]
November 1996 Vera Holland Reading, Berkshire Vera Holland, a 47-year-old married mother of three, went missing on Thursday 14 November on her way to a local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Shinfield Rise, south Reading. Her husband, Brian, reported her missing when she failed to return home. Her body was found in a burning pile of rubbish close to the A327 road south of Reading early on Saturday 16 November. The cause of her death was strangulation. An appeal for new information was made by her children and Thames Valley Police on the 20-year anniversary of her death in November 2016, but, to date, no one has been charged with this murder.[302]
November 1996 Michael Hewerdine Body not found 32-year-old Michael Hewerdine vanished after walking out of his home in the village of Ruskington, close to the Lincolnshire town of Sleaford, on 21 November, and it was suspected that his disappearance was to do with connections he was believed to have had to local criminals. A tip-off in 2016 led to police officers digging at nearby East Heckington to search for his remains, but none were found there.[303][304]
December 1996 Richard Watson East Grinstead, Sussex Business tycoon Richard Watson, 54, was shot dead by an unknown gunman as he arrived home on the evening of 10 December. Charges were brought against the victim's wife and stepdaughter, but these were eventually dropped. (Sussex Police later apologised to the two women and acknowledged their total innocence.) Another suspect has since been identified, but no charges for the murder have been brought against him.[305]
27 December 1996 Patrick Warren and David Spencer Bodies not found Two schoolboys, also known as the "Milk Carton Kids", who vanished from the street in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull one night in December 1996. Although they have not been found, in 2006 police began to treat their case as a no-body double murder after it emerged that a convicted paedophile and murderer, Brian Lunn Field, was living nearby and had on that night been driving around in a van in the vicinity of where the boys were last seen. Field had previously abducted two boys in his car in 1986 with the intent of raping them but they had managed to escape, and he remains the only man in British criminal history to have been convicted of such a crime. Searches of land in 2006 failed to find the missing boys. Field remains the prime suspect in the case but the police have never had sufficient evidence to charge him. In 2021, their case was featured on criminologist David Wilson's Channel 4 documentary series In the Footsteps of Killers.[306][307][308]
5 January 1997 Guydance Dacres Clapton, London 16-year-old Guydance Dacres was shot dead in the Chimes nightclub on Lower Clapton Road. He did not have any gangland connections and appeared to have been targeted at random. Two men were committed to trial for the murder and acquitted of it in 2000.[309]
27 January 1997 Isabelle Gray Leeds 82-year-old Isabelle Gray was found dead in the kitchen of her home in Austhorpe Road, Crossgates, on 28 January 1997. It is believed she was attacked by two men who called at her house at tea time the previous day. Cash and her handbag were stolen.[310]
8 February 1997 John Kennedy Attacked in Shadwell, London, died in hospital 31-year-old John Kennedy was knifed in the abdomen following a heated conversation with another man in a pub in the East End. A £30,000 reward is on offer for information that leads to a conviction for the stabbing.[311]
15 February 1997 Billie-Jo Jenkins Hastings, East Sussex 13-year-old Billie-Jo Jenkins was beaten to death with a metal tent peg on the patio of her family home. Her foster father, Sion Jenkins, was convicted of her murder in 1998. This conviction was quashed in 2004 and a retrial was ordered. The first retrial in 2005 and a second retrial in 2006 both ended when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Jenkins was formally acquitted, but holds the rare distinction of being an acquitted person never to have been found not guilty by a court. He has been denied compensation as no evidence disproves his guilt.[312]
25 March 1997 Daniel Roff London Believed to have had a role in the April 1990 murder in Spain of Great Train Robber Charlie Wilson, Daniel Roff was shot on the drive of his Bromley home and died at the Royal London Hospital. The 36-year-old had used a wheelchair to get around due to having been paralysed by a shooting at a nightclub in 1995 or 1996.[313][314]
13 April 1997 Carolanne Jackson Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire Carolanne Jackson, 50, ran an antique jewellery business from her home in Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire. She was found murdered in her kitchen on Sunday 13 April 1997, she had been bound and beaten and died from asphyxiation. Police believed the culprit was trying to get information from Carolanne to access her safe. Her Rolex watch and some jewellery were taken but the safe was still locked. Carolanne had previously reported to police that a man was stalking her. A link has been suggested with the murder of Janet Brown 20 miles away in 1995 (see entry for 1995).[235]
18 April 1997 Linda Chandler Birmingham Widow Linda Chandler, 46, was stabbed on her doorstep on Fairbourne Avenue, Kingstanding, Birmingham, on 18 April. She managed to reach a neighbour's home but collapsed, and had died by the time she reached City Hospital. No motive has ever been established. A local man was arrested but released without charge.[315]
3 May 1997 Emily Salvini Caversham, Reading, Berkshire Seven-year-old Emily Salvini was asleep in her home on Hemdean Road, Caversham, Reading, when petrol was poured through the letterbox and then lit early on Saturday 3 May. Emily's mother, Katie, was able to escape the blaze in the house along with Emily's brother, Zach, who was three years old at the time. Both were treated for severe burns at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury and recovered from their injuries, but Emily died of smoke inhalation. It was found that phone lines to the house had been cut prior to the arson attack to prevent calls to the emergency services. On 3 May 2017, the 20th anniversary of Emily's death, her mother and brother made a new appeal for information but the case remains unsolved.[316]
3 May 1997 Joe McCafferty Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Seven-year-old McCafferty was sleeping in his aunt's house in Huddersfield when an individual (or individuals) poured petrol through the letterbox and set the house on fire. Four other members of his family were inside the house and escaped, but McCafferty died in hospital. His death came on the same day that another child, seven-year-old Emily Salvini, was killed in an arson attack in Reading, and her murder is also unsolved.[317]
May 1997 Roger Foster Norwich, Norfolk A head injury that 39-year-old Roger Foster suffered when he was pushed over outside a pub on 22 May caused his death two days later, leading to the launch of a murder inquiry. Two people were acquitted of the offence.[38][39]
June 1997 Winnie Deighton Attacked in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, died in hospital in Scarborough, North Yorkshire 59-year-old grandmother Deighton was found unconscious on a verge near her home on 10 June 1997, having been raped and beaten. She died in hospital 11 days later. A man was tried for her murder in 1999 but the case against him was dismissed. In 2013 the case was re-opened, with police revealing they had DNA from the scene.[318][319]
July 1997 Jodine Brown Sant Road, West Heath, Birmingham 17-year-old Jodine Brown's body was found battered and decomposing under a duvet in her bedroom by her mother on 18 July. She had been drugged, struck over the head and strangled.[320]
August 1997 Patricia Grainger Sheffield Patricia Grainger, 25, a vulnerable woman with learning difficulties, was found murdered close to her home in Buchanan Road, Parson Cross, on 10 August 1997. Her body had been left beneath a bed base in a brook and she had suffered multiple stab wounds. In May 2020, Patricia's family and Crimestoppers offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.[321]
August 1997 Warren Wilson Bedford Warren Wilson, a 32-year-old police informant, had four bullets fired into his head as he sat in his car on 17 August. A street cleaner found the murder weapon – a Smith & Wesson gun that had once belonged to a Scottish police force – sometime later, wrapped up in a towel in a flowerbed. Bedfordshire Police charged a man with his murder after being told by his brother that he had admitted to being the culprit to him. The prosecution alleged during the trial of the accused that two brothers had paid him £12,000 to commit the crime because they wanted Warren out of the way to make it easier for them to have control over the supply of drugs in the Bedford area, but he was cleared when the jury delivered its verdict.[322]
August 1997 John Nolan Notting Hill, London John Nolan was left on the drive of a school on Kensington Park Road after being kicked and stamped to death during the annual Notting Hill Carnival. The discovery of the 50-year-old's body was made on the morning of 26 August.[323]
September 1997 Christopher McGrory Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire 25-year-old Christopher McGrory was discovered strangled to death in his van at Dougalston Golf Course on 23 September. Murder charges against Colin McKay and gangster Frank McPhee, who were suspected of having killed him in a dispute over drugs, were found to be not proven the following March. McKay and McPhee had both attended McGrory's wedding earlier in September 1997, the former as the best man.[296]
October/November 1997 Sharon Lynch Liverpool Someone strangled and beat 22-year-old Sharon Lynch and left her body in a derelict warehouse in Liverpool city centre. Her body was found on 27 November, but may have lain undiscovered for as long as a month. The following year, John Flanagan was found guilty of Sharon's murder, but his conviction was quashed in September 2005.[324]
November 1997 Michael Pritchard Kirk Langley, Derbyshire 54-year-old Michael Pritchard was deliberately run over when trying to stop his delivery van from being stolen on Wednesday, 12 November.[325]
November 1997 Kate Bushell Exwick, Exeter, Devon Schoolgirl Kate Bushell was murdered as she walked a neighbour's dog a short distance from her home in Exwick, on the outskirts of Exeter. Bushell, aged 14, set off from her home in Burrator Drive at 4:30 pm on 15 November 1997. When she failed to come home, her parents called the police. A search located her body in a field next to Exwick Lane at 7:35 pm that evening. Her killer had slashed her throat.[326][327][328]
November 1997 Shane Thompson Nottingham The 19-year-old gang member was chased through the streets of Radford and beaten to death outside a pub there on Sunday, 30 November by people from a different gang. Six men charged with his murder were all acquitted of it.[224]
December 1997 John Haselden Whiston, Merseyside Car dealer John Haselden, 23, was found dying from a gunshot wound in his Ford Escort on Monday, 1 December. The vehicle was parked in the car park of Whiston Hospital's maternity unit, apparently having been driven there by somebody other than him.[329][330]
December 1997 Jackie Chau Kwok Tam Leeds Jackie Chau Kwok Tam, 41, was shot in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant while three men were attempting to rob the premises on 9 December 1997, and died on 12 December at Leeds General Infirmary. The restaurant was in the city's district of Headingley.[331]
December 1997 Deborah Steel Body not found Although the 37-year-old disappeared in 1997, it was not until 2014 that the police changed the status of her case from that of missing person to presumed murder victim. By the end of that year, three men had been arrested on suspicion of her murder, but none of them was charged with anything. In early 2015, the patio area of the Ely (Cambridgeshire) pub she had been the landlady of and the back garden of her former home in the city were both dug up, but no human remains were found at either location. The police think she was murdered within a short time of catching a taxi from the pub to her house, and would like to have a "proper conversation" with the driver of that taxi.[332]
January 1998 Hannah Deterville Perivale, London The body of Hannah Deterville, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, was found mutilated at Horsenden Woods, Greenford on 27 January 1998. She had been stabbed 20 times in the face and the neck. No motive could be found.[333]
February 1998 Charlie Jones Attacked in Northwich, Cheshire, died about 16 days later 42-year-old Charlie Jones died on 10 February from a blood clot triggered by a nighttime street attack he had suffered in his home town just over two weeks earlier.[334]
28 February 1998 John Bennett Glasgow John Bennett, aged 26, was beaten and stabbed multiple times on Glasgow's Royston Road in an apparently "motiveless" killing. The attack occurred in broad daylight, in front of shoppers. Three men, including Glasgow gangster Ian McAteer, stood trial but were acquitted of the murder.[335]
March 1998 Elsie Freeman Impington, near Cambridge The body of Elsie Freeman, 76, was discovered on her bed at her home address at Mill Road, Impington at about midday on Saturday 7 March by a member of the family.[336] She had been dead for up to three days. Police believed she was murdered in a burglary gone wrong.[337]
April 1998 Donna Keogh Body not found The body of 17-year-old Donna Keogh has never been found, but her disappearance is being investigated as a murder enquiry. Donna lived with cousins in Middlesbrough and was last seen in April 1998. In 2015, Cleveland Police apologised to Donna's family for how they had handled the investigation. In 2018, a specialist police team was set up to revisit Donna's murder along with the murders of other Middlesbrough women Vicky Glass and Rachel Wilson.[338] In the summer of that year, police excavated a former allotment site near Troon Close in the town as part of a search for Donna.[339][340] Amateur crime writer Chris Clark has suggested a link to convicted killer Christopher Halliwell.[29]
April 1998 Janet Johnson Manchester Janet Johnson was battered to death and her body was left next to a tramline in Collyhurst in late April. A man in his twenties was charged with the murder of the pregnant 27-year-old but a court acquitted him of it.[341][342]
May 1998 Robin Wood Northolt, West London Car dealer Robin Wood, 47, was shot dead by someone at his front door on Saturday 2 May 1998. Mr Wood was at home with his partner and 10-year-old son on the Racecourse Estate in Northolt, West London, when there was a knock on the door at around 10:40 pm. His partner, Kath Pribisevic, answered it to find a man calling himself Terry and asking to speak with Mr Wood. As the victim approached the front door he was shot in the neck with a sawn-off shotgun. He bled to death at the scene. The perpetrator, described as having sharp facial features and being white, aged 25–35, 5'7 in height and of slim build, as well as wearing an unzipped dark-coloured anorak, was seen to run into Kempton Avenue. On the 15th anniversary of the murder, detectives offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible.[343]
21 May 1998 Carmel Fenech Body not found 16-year-old Carmel Fenech disappeared on 21 May 1998 and was never seen again. Her case is now being treated as murder. She had drifted into heavy drug use and at the time of her disappearance had been getting involved with a well-known south London drug dealer in his thirties. On the day she went missing she had been living at home in Crawley, recovering from a beating at the hands of the boyfriend, and she had told friends she was three months pregnant and was returning to London to tell him. She was last seen talking to a man at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court, south London. The man was never traced.[344][345][346]
May 1998 Hayley Morgan Hull, East Yorkshire 20-year-old prostitute Hayley Morgan was found dumped half-naked in an alleyway between Ash Grove and Beech Grove off Beverley Road in Hull on 29 May 1998. A pathologist found she had ultimately died from a heroin overdose but had been punched and possibly kicked beforehand, and Humberside Police list the case as an unsolved murder. She also had a bag over her head. She had worked in the St Lukes Street red-light area of the city, which was near to where she lived. Four people were arrested at the time but not charged. She had died elsewhere before being dumped.[347][266][348]
May 1998 Annie Davies Erskine, Renfrewshire When Annie Davies, 84, was found dead at her Erskine home, police assumed she had died from a fall down the stairs. However, her purse, bag, keys and £2,000 were found to be missing. Seven years after Annie's death, in 2005, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Panel ruled that her death was 'attributable to a crime of violence' and the police reopened the investigation.[349]
June 1998 Daniel McFadden Bolton, Lancashire 66-year-old Daniel McFadden was brutally beaten at his home in Mere Gardens, Halliwell, before the flat was set on fire in the early hours of 18 June 1998. Police were unable to establish a motive for his murder.[350]
June/July 1998 Julie Jones Manchester 32-year-old Julie Jones was reported missing by her housemate on 27 June. Julie's body was found on 3 July 1998 under bushes in the old Smithfield Market in Manchester city centre. She had suffered catastrophic injuries consistent with falling from height or being hit by a car, and her clothing was missing. Julie had been a sex worker and detectives believed someone could have murdered her elsewhere before dumping her body.[351] Amateur crime writer Chris Clark has suggested links with the Angel of the Meadow case and convicted killer Christopher Halliwell.[57]
July 1998 Julia Webb Sandiway, near Northwich, Cheshire Housewife Julia Webb, 52, was battered with a blunt instrument while walking her dog near her home in Sandiway on 22 July 1998.[352]
July 1998 Alfred Sandford St Helens, Merseyside 72-year-old Alfred Sandford died from a cardiac arrest during a violent robbery at his home, Grove House Farm, Elton Head Road, Sutton Heath, on 24 July 1998. The armed gang left with a small amount of cash, and the vehicles used in the robbery were later found burnt out about half a mile from the farmhouse. Alfred's wife, Inez, died six months later from what her family believe was a broken heart.[353]
July 1998 Jean and Anthony Trigg Died in Colchester General Hospital from the effects of a fire at their Clacton residence The fire that killed 27-year-old Jean Trigg and her five-year-old son was started in the early hours of 27 July in the hallway of the house they were in. The two victims along with Jean's other son, Callum (a baby at the time), had been staying with a friend at the address while Jean looked for a home of their own in the area, where she and her children had recently moved to from Bolton. Callum survived the blaze, as did the owner of the house. There have been two arrests over the double murder – one of a 16-year-old boy in October 1998, the other of a 23-year-old man in February 2004 – but no charges as of yet.[354][355]
September 1998 Rosemary Talbot Surrey Talbot was murdered on 9 September 1998 and discovered in a pond having been strangled. A man was tried but found not guilty.[356]
October 1998 Lyn Bryant Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall Lyn Bryant, 40, was murdered as she was walking her dog along a country lane at Ruan High Lanes near Truro in Cornwall on 20 October 1998. Her body was found at 2:30 pm. She had been stabbed several times.[357] Bryant's killing is said to be linked to the murder of schoolgirl Kate Bushell the previous year.[358]
November 1998 Denise Motley Hitchin, Hertfordshire 43-year-old Denise Motley was battered to death with a parking post on Monday, 9 November on the stairs leading to the basement of the furniture store she ran with her husband. The store was situated in a part of town where raids on shops by drug addicts had become rather common. Police arrested and charged her husband after finding proof that he had been unfaithful to her, but the verdict at his trial was "Not guilty".[359][360]
November 1998 Saul "Solly" Nahome Finchley, London Nahome, 48, was shot at his home several times in the back; upon collapsing, he was shot again in the head. The murder took place on 27 November and is believed to be linked to the disappearance earlier in 1998 of business associate Gilbert Wynter.[361]
December 1998 Alan Morris Chester Alan Morris, 44, had been a player for Chester City football club. He was fatally stabbed outside his home in Walker Street, Hoole, Chester on 31 December 1998. His partner stood trial for his death but was acquitted in December 1999. The pair had been seen arguing earlier that evening.[362]
January 1999 Gideon Tsagane Kentish Town, London Gideon Tsagane, a 30-year-old stagehand, was shot three times in the back and once in the head at a garage in Islip Street, Kentish Town, on Friday, 29 January. He was due to give evidence four days later against a man he claimed he saw fatally shoot Patrick Delaney in Queen's Crescent (also in Kentish Town) in July 1998.[363]
January 1999 Jay Abatan Brighton, Sussex Jay Abatan, 42, an accountant from Eastbourne, died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital five days after being punched to the ground in an attack outside Brighton's Ocean Rooms nightclub that appeared to have been racially motivated.[364] Lack of evidence incriminating them led to the case against two men accused of involvement in the attack (one of whom went on to commit suicide in 2003) being discontinued.[365] A later trial for assault, at which jurors were not told that Abatan had died, resulted in the acquittals of the same two men.[366] Essex Police, called in to reinvestigate the case, found that many serious errors had been made during the original investigation, which led to some of the Sussex Police officers involved being disciplined.[365]
February 1999 Steven Brown Tranent, East Lothian The beaten and stabbed body of 35-year-old Steven Brown was found in Tranent, a town a few miles from the eastern outskirts of Edinburgh, on 21 February 1999. Nobody has ever been arrested for the murder.[367]
March 1999 Paul Booth Southampton The 31-year-old builder and diving enthusiast went to Southampton General Hospital on 5 February 1999 after being beaten by three men when he stopped at a petrol station in Totton to buy cigarettes, but left the hospital without receiving treatment because of the length of time he would have had to wait for it. Though there was a crack in his skull caused by the attack and he was having frequent headaches and dizzy spells on top of that, he returned to his workplace the following Monday and continued to go there until he was found unconscious at his Southampton address on 16 February. He died of a brain haemorrhage in hospital on 3 March. Police opinion was that the beating either was an instance of road rage or was planned and executed because someone who knew Paul (or knew of him) bore him a grudge.[368][369]
March 1999 Quemel Rama Bayswater, London 28-year-old Kosovan refugee Rama was stabbed in Whiteleys Shopping Centre, central London, on 8 March. He had been living in Hammersmith.[370]
March 1999 Kevin Palmer Body not found An expat businessman living in Spain, 37-year-old Palmer vanished on 12 March after he got out of a taxi during a brief visit to the UK, having argued with fellow passengers. In 2014, police officers searched the grounds of an abandoned pub in Fareham, Hampshire following a tip-off in a bid to find his body. The case is being treated as murder.[371]
March 1999 Bruce Gapper Body not found 40-year-old Gapper disappeared after leaving his home on Groves Hall Road, Dewsbury Moor, in an apparent hurry on 14 March 1999. In 2015, police announced that his disappearance was being treated as a murder inquiry. He had left a half-eaten sandwich and a nearly full drink in his house, and the next day his burnt-out car was found at the junction of Castle Hill Side and Lumb Lane in Huddersfield. His bank card was then used several times over the next three days in Heckmondwike, Scarisbrick and Morley.[372]
March 1999 Maria Wodianitzky Attacked in Knightsbridge, London, died in hospital A fellow passenger dragged the 49-year-old Swedish tourist off a bus whilst attempting to steal her handbag on Saturday, 27 March. The victim's head hit the kerb as she fell from the moving vehicle, and another member of the public chased after the culprit as he ran away empty-handed.[373][374]
April 1999 Karl Morris Attacked in Sudbury, died in hospital in Bury St Edmunds (both in Suffolk) Karl Morris, 23, was fatally attacked on 2 April 1999 (Good Friday) after trying to break up a fight that had started in a pub before spilling outside. A man police once wanted to quiz about his death is not being sought by them anymore.[375]
April 1999 Elizabeth Chau Body not found Elizabeth Chau, a 19-year-old student from Vietnam, disappeared from Ealing Broadway on 16 April 1999, but police believe her to have been killed by serial sex offender and suspected serial killer Andrzej Kunowski, who had murdered a 12-year-old girl nearby in 1997. He was known to have been working in a dry-cleaning shop on Uxbridge Road the day Chau was last seen walking past Ealing police station. Shortly after she vanished another girl, 27-year-old Lola Shenkoya, disappeared from almost the same location as Chau and Kunowski is also the prime suspect in her disappearance.[376][377][378]
April 1999 Jill Dando Fulham, London On the morning of 26 April 1999, Dando left the home of her fiancé, Dr. Alan Farthing, and returned to her house in Gowan Avenue, Fulham, West London. As she reached her front door at about 11:30 am, she was shot once in the head.[379] She was discovered shortly afterwards by a friend, local resident Helen Doble, and taken to the nearby Charing Cross Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival at 1:03 pm BST. After a huge amount of press coverage and a 13-month investigation, police arrested Barry George, a convicted sex offender, for her murder. Originally sentenced on 2 July 2001 to life imprisonment, George appealed against his conviction in November 2007. Following an eight-week hearing he was acquitted on 1 August 2008.[380]
May 1999 Michael Smith Denton, Norfolk Someone deliberately ran over the 53-year-old in a country road near his home village of Alburgh on 3 May 1999.[381]
May 1999 Katherine O'Brien Runcorn, Cheshire 27-year-old Katherine O'Brien was murdered at her home at The Croft, Halton, Runcorn, on 3 May 1999. She died from head injuries. Her husband stood trial for her murder but was acquitted in May 2000.[382][383]
May 1999 Richard Smith South Tottenham, London A 35-year-old Tottenham man who was stabbed to death on Wednesday, 5 May in a flat on Albert Road.[384][374]
May 1999 Mary Lazenby Bethnal Green, London Aged 80 and 4 feet 8 inches (1.42 m) tall, Lazenby was kicked and stamped to death on 22 May 1999 at her flat in Rochester Court, Wilmott Street, Bethnal Green. Her killer was possibly a man posing as a water board official. Lazenby was disabled, after a motorcycle accident had caused the loss of her left foot. Once a successful restaurateur in South Shields and known as the 'Curry Queen of South Shields', she eventually lost her business and settled in Bethnal Green with her son and grandchildren.[384][385]
June 1999 Jack Hughes Liverpool 18-year-old Jack Hughes was stabbed in the leg in the early hours of 5 June 1999 in Adrian's Way, Kirkby. He died at Liverpool's Fazakerley Hospital shortly after the attack.[386]
June 1999 Barrington Page Edmonton, London 44-year-old black minicab driver Barrington Page disappeared on 8 June 1999 and was found dead in the River Lea at Edmonton nine days later. His head and hands had been cut off. He often went DJ-ing around Clapton and Stoke Newington and was friends with Ian Dowe, a world champion bodybuilder, who used to DJ with him and later said: "If I hadn't got out of it, I'd be dead or in jail too."[387][388][384]
June 1999 Maureen Hale Body not found Maureen Hale lived in Thames Ditton in Surrey and went missing aged 42. Her husband was tried for her murder in 2009, at which trial the prosecution argued that he strangled her to death in their house on 22 June 1999 because she was after a divorce and he did not want to lose that house or the children, and the defence highlighted the lack of forensic evidence against him, the lack of defensive wounds on him, and the existence of other people with potential to be regarded as suspects. The jury found him not guilty.[389]
July 1999 Patrick and Margaret Spencer Leeds Patrick Spencer, 85, and his wife, Margaret, 77, both died after their home in Sandiford Terrace, Manston, was deliberately set alight on 21 July 1999. The couple were rescued from their home but Margaret died a short while later from smoke inhalation. Patrick died from the effects of the fire two months later.[390]
July 1999 Hok Wan Leung Colchester, Essex The 34-year-old man from Watford in Hertfordshire was attacked at Middleborough Roundabout in Colchester on Sunday, 25 July by a gang armed with machetes. Allegedly it was to punish him for breaking away from a Triad group and starting up a business without the group's involvement. All seven of the people tried over his murder were acquitted.[391]
July 1999 Patrick Logan Manchester 40-year-old Patrick Logan heard sounds from downstairs indicating that burglars were in his house while he and his 35-year-old fiancée were in bed upstairs on 30 July 1999. He dialled 999 and had just told the person on the other end that their home had been broken into when a man in a mask (one of two intruders) entered their bedroom and fired five bullets, two of which hit him. Patrick had been charged with and then cleared of a non-fatal shooting in 1997, and it was considered a possibility that his murder was to avenge the person he was alleged to have shot.[392]
July 1999 Martin Bennett Manchester Gang member Martin Bennett was taken to hospital and died after falling victim to a shooting in Moss Side on 31 July. The shooting followed a quarrel the 25-year-old had got into outside a newsagent's shop a little while earlier.[393]
August 1999 Dorrie McKie Manchester 20-year-old Dorrie McKie was gunned down in Hulme on 3 August by one of three bandanna-wearing youths on bicycles. Nobody has been convicted of the killing, but two men did go to prison for firearms-related offences after being found to have been in possession of the gun used in it.[394]
August 1999 Antony Cook Manchester On 15 August 1999, a car being pursued by another at high speed came to a halt when it crashed into a third car and then a lamppost, after which a man from the car that had been doing the chasing walked over to the crashed vehicle and shot both 24-year-old Antony Cook (its sole passenger), who died at the scene, and the driver, who pulled through following hospital treatment. Reports suggested that Antony's eagerness to climb the ranks in the gang he was a part of acted as a catalyst for his murder.[395]
August 1999 Austin O'Reilly Cardiff Two males were indicted for the murder of 53-year-old Austin O'Reilly but not convicted of it. O'Reilly had died on 18 August 1999 as a consequence of being the victim of a street assault.[396]
August 1999 David Scott London David Scott, 30, was stabbed in a Tottenham underpass and died at North Middlesex Hospital in neighbouring Edmonton on 24 August 1999. In 2012 prosecutors dropped the case against Kwame Appiah for the murder on the basis of scientific evidence.[397][398]
September 1999 Vicky Hall Creeting St Peter, Suffolk Seventeen-year-old Victoria (Vicky) Hall went missing at about 2:30 am on Sunday, 19 September 1999, as she walked towards her home in Faulkeners Way, Trimley St Mary. Her body was found, about 25 miles away, in a stream at Creeting St Peter (near Stowmarket) at 7:30 pm on Friday, 24 September 1999.[399] In 2001, a man was cleared of Vicky's murder following a trial. Her case has since been linked to Suffolk serial killer Steve Wright, who lived in the area at the time.[400] The case was reopened on the twentieth anniversary of her death and police said that new witnesses had come forward with information.[401] In December 2019, police released CCTV footage of people visiting the field where Vicky's body was found and appealed for those people to come forward.[402] In July 2021, police announced that Steve Wright had been arrested on suspicion of her murder.[403][404]
September 1999 David Barnshaw Stockport, Greater Manchester The 32-year-old drug dealer was abducted and forced to drink petrol. He died in a burning car on 20 September 1999. Arran Coghlan – previously cleared of the murder of Chris Little – was prosecuted but cleared after it emerged the prosecution had held undisclosed evidence concerning another possible suspect. Coghlan went on to be charged with and cleared of a third count of murder and cocaine smuggling.[199]
September 1999 Steven Devaney London Steven Devaney was fatally stabbed in a park near his Camden home when he was 34.[384][374]
September 1999 Junior Collins Kennington, London Junior Collins, a 40-year-old on a visit from Jamaica, was killed on 29 September when a bullet that had gone through the front door of the Rastafarian temple he was in hit him in the back and entered his heart. A man from Sydenham – a 23-year-old who had been evicted from the temple for dealing drugs prior to Collins' death – was found not guilty of his murder but guilty of unlawful possession of a gun with intent to endanger life, as was one of his brothers. Nearby residents had told of hearing two lots of gunshots – one said to have been fired at the temple by a person or persons in the group of four the brothers belonged to, the other from its front garden in retaliation.[405][406]
October 1999 John Nisbet and William Lindsay Near Elphinstone, East Lothian The bodies of drug dealers John Nisbet, 25, of Craigneuk, and William Lindsay, 26, of Motherwell, were found on a hilltop near Elphinstone on 13 October. It is thought they had been abducted, stabbed and shot, with their bodies then set on fire. It is said to have been the outcome of a Glasgow drug war. No arrests have been made in connection with the case.[407]
October 1999 Kevin Hector London Kevin Hector, aged 27 and from Willesden, died in hospital on 22 October after being shot four times whilst in a parked car. A second person in the car (which was in the Golders Green area when the incident took place) was also wounded but not fatally. Kevin had told friends that the two of them were being followed just a short while before the shooting.[408][374]
October 1999 Vincent Shaw London Vincent Shaw was stabbed in his Downham flat by one of a group of people wearing balaclavas, and died in hospital in Lewisham less than an hour later. They had gained entry to the 29-year-old's flat by barging past him when he answered the door to them on the evening of 23 October.[409]
October 1999 Judah Dewar Manchester The 35-year-old courier was about to get into his car in Longsight when someone shot him dead on 28 October. Because he was not involved with any gangs and a motive unrelated to gang warfare was not obvious to the police either, one possibility explored by them (despite the fact that the vehicle was not stolen) was that the type of car he was driving – a dark blue BMW – caused him to become a target for a person or persons keen to commit robbery.[410]
November 1999 Alan Rosser Attacked in Blackpool, died in hospital in Preston (both in Lancashire) A ten-strong gang attempted to kidnap Alan Rosser in March 1999, but the existence of a link between that incident and the fatal shooting of him at his car-repair workshop on 12 November has not been proved. The investigation into 34-year-old Alan's death involved looking into the theory that he had got mixed up with drug trafficking and crossed paths with one or more dangerous people as a result.[411]
December 1999 Simon Brown Manchester A Christmas party at a community centre in Cheetham Hill had just ended when 27-year-old Simon Brown was shot as he exited the building at about 5:45 am on Boxing Day. Serious consideration was given by detectives to claims that the incident might have stemmed from a strong dislike that a hardened criminal had taken to him.[393]
December 1999 Babatunde Oba London Babatunde Oba, 23, died at Ealing Hospital in Southall after being stabbed in the Broadway Boulevard nightclub on Ealing Broadway the night before when he intervened in an argument between two people. In December 2000, four men (one of them a professional footballer) were jailed for life for his murder, but their convictions were quashed in 2004.[412][413]

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