‘Maida Vale Ripper’: The unsolved murder of Amala Whelan

Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan, 22, was found dead at her home in Maida Vale, west London, on 16 November 1972. She had been raped, beaten and strangled with a stocking. There was no sign of forced entry at the flat at 61 Randoph Avenue and the word ‘ripper’ had been sprayed on to the …

Murder at the Queens Hotel: Emmy Werner

Holocaust survivor Emmy Werner, 68, was murdered in her hotel room in Bayswater on 17 September 1972. The widow was found dead in her bed by a chambermaid at Queens Hotel in Inverness Terrace at around 1pm. She had been strangled and had suffered other serious injuries suggesting she had woken and disturbed her attacker. …

Tottenham Riots: The unsolved murder of Keith Blakelock

PC Keith Blakelock was stabbed to death during the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham, north London. The 40 year-old father-of-three, who was originally from Sunderland, was one of the first officers called to the estate on October 6, 1985. He and his colleague PC Richard Coombes were attacked by a group armed with sticks, knives …

The Missing Schoolboy: Kevin Hicks

Kevin Hicks, 16, went missing in 1986 while walking home from the local shop in Addiscombe, Croydon. He has never been seen since and in 2016 the Metropolitan Police said they believed he had been murdered. Kevin was described as a happy teenager with no problems at school. He had been applying for jobs in …

Palestinian Cartoonist shot dead in London: Naji Al-Ali

Palestinian cartoonist Naji Al-Ali was shot dead in¬†Knightsbridge on 27 July 1987. The 49 year-old¬†was attacked as he walked to his office in Ives Street at around 5.10pm. Witnesses said they saw two men approach the 49 year-old outside the office of the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas at around 5pm. Mr al-Ali was shot once in …