Year of the Ripper: Michael Rumbold

On Thursday 24 May 1888, two young couples set off for a walk to Regent’s Park. There was Joseph Rumbold, a 21 year-old printer, and his date Elizabeth Lee, her cousin Emily Lee and a colleague of Joseph’s called Alonzo Burns. The entered the park by York Gate, just down… You must be a paid …

London Gangs and Murder: Haringey and the ‘NPK’

At least four murders since 2018 have been linked to rivalry between groups in the north London borough. The NPK is reputed to be an offshoot of the ‘Tottenham Mandem’ (TMD) gang which dates back to the 1980s. Its name refers to its origins in the Northumberland Park area (and… You must be a paid …

London Gangs and Murder: Waltham Forest and the ‘Mali Boys’

Gang conflict in the London borough of Waltham Forest is believed responsible for at least four murders since 2016. Two recent murder cases – the mistaken shooting of Joseph Williams-Torres and the targeted stabbing of 14-year-old Jaden Moodie – highlighted the impact of gang violence on rising crime in London.… You must be a paid …

The Turkish Gang War

The gang-related revenge killing or ‘tit for tat’ feud accounts for a very small proportion of murders in London. It is however one of the most disturbing, conjuring up echoes of the American mafia as represented by The Godfather and other films. This type of murder appears to flourish when when those responsible seem to …