Unsolved murder at The Blue Bunny Club: Camille Gordon

Camille Gordon, 23, was stabbed to death outside the Blue Bunny Club in London’s Soho on 1 March 2004.

Police believe her killer was an angry customer of the club, known as a “clip joint” because it charged people large sums of money for spending only a few minutes with its hostesses.

Born in Jamaica, Camille had studied in Birmingham for several years before moving to London to work part-time at the club to help fund her dream of becoming a nursey school teacher.

Camille Gordon

She was not involved in the sex trade but was tasked with enticing men into the club by giving them the impression they would be able to take part in some kind of sexual activity.

Shortly before the murder she was working at the door when a man approached her at 6.20pm and paid the £5 entry fee. After spending around 10 minutes in the club he was handed a bill of around £375 when he tried to leave at 6.35pm.

It was eventually agreed, following a dispute with staff, that he would pay £80. The man then left.

Half an hour later at 7.10pm Camille was standing in the doorway when a man walked up to the club and stabbed her in the heart. She collapsed in the club and died of her injuries an hour later.

CCTV cameras captured a grainy image of a man running from the club towards Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.

CCTV image of the suspect

The Metropolitan Police detective investigating the case said they wanted to speak to the man to eliminate him from their enquiries.

“Camille appears to have been deliberately targeted by a customer who was angry about having been ripped off,” said Detective Inspector Andy Mortimer.

“The attacker was wearing a very distinctive blue baseball jacket with the Cleveland Indians motif on the front in red. He was seen travelling south on the Bakerloo line after the attack.”

DI Mortimer said Camille was “one of many girls employed to stand on the street outside the clubs”.

He added: “We have absolutely no evidence to suggest that Camille was involved in any sexual activity at all.

“These girls are drawn into working at the clip clubs because they can make a lot of moneyvery quickly. One of our theories is that Camille was working at the Blue Bunny to fund her teaching course.”

The detective described clip joints as a “massive loophole” at the time because they were legitimate businesses that do not serve alcohol or provide sex shows and have terms and conditions posted on the walls.

Camille’s mother told the Evening Standard that her daughter was “a wonderful, happy, upbeat kind of person who loved to dance and made so many people happy.”

The family said they wanted to make sure that clip joints would be closed down for good, adding: “We are worried that other men will do the same thing, and more girls will be murdered.”

The Blue Bunny Club was originally at number 7 Archer Street in Soho

In 2007 clip joints were reclassified as sex establishments under the London Local Authorities Act and by September that year the number of clubs operating in the area had been reducted from eight to two.

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‘I can’t breathe’: The death of Ian Taylor

What began as an investigation into a suspected murder revealed an asthmatic 54-year-old black British man was failed by police officers who described his complaints of breathing problems as ‘a load of nonsense’ At 5.53pm on 29 June 2019, the Metropolitan Police received a 999 call reporting that between 20…

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The unsolved murder of Atek Hussain

In the early hours of 18 September 1994, Atek Hussain, 32, was returning home after a long day’s work at the family restaurant in Surrey.

After dropping off a couple off employees in Poplar, he finally arrived at the house he shared with his wife and three children in Burnels Avenue, East Ham, at around 2.35am.

As he got out of his blue Vauxhall Cavalier, Atek was attacked by at least two men and stabbed in the heart.

Atek’s car

He staggered to his front door and rang the doorbell before stumbling to a nearby phone box to raise the alarm.

Atek’s family, woken by the noise, ran out to pull him inside. He managed to tell them that his attackers were Asian before collapsing.

Atek’s daughter Yasmin, now aged 30, said in a statement: “Dad was soaked in blood. We somehow managed to bring him in. His voice began to fade.

“I put my dad’s head in my lap. He was so breathless, he kept on saying ‘let me go to sleep’. He was struggling with me as I told him he needed to stay awake, I couldn’t let him sleep.

“Then I heard the ambulance coming and more police cars. They told me to go upstairs. I stared at my Dad’s face which was turning blue.

“I went back to my bedroom window and opened it wide, desperately trying to see my dad.

“I saw him on a stretcher and his eyes were closed; he was being taken away.”

A witness recalled seeing at least two Asian men running in the direction of Hameway. Another potential clue was a denim jacket found in the churchyard of St Mary Magdalene in Norman Road, close to the scene of the murder.

The jacket found nearby

Detectives believe the motive for the attack may have been a planned robbery, as Atek had around £1,000 in takings from the Warlingham Tandoori restaurant that night.

However no cash was stolen and the only item thought to be missing was a bag of laundry that Atek was carrying.

Five men were arrested during the initial police investigation but nobody was ever charged and the case remains unsolved.

On the 20th anniversary of his death in 2014, homicide detectives with the Metropolitan Police launched a fresh appeal for help.

Twenty years is a long time and things change. Perhaps you, or someone you know, were on the periphery of what happened that night. Was the motive to steal cash but did things get out of hand? Have you heard anything about this incident over the years? Allegiances change and it may be that someone who didn’t feel they could come forward at the time is now prepared to do so. For the sake of Atek’s family we would ask anyone who can help to please get in touch.

A/DI Chris Pattrick, of the Met Police, speaking in 2014

Atek’s daughter Yasmin also appealed for help as she paid tribute to her father as friendly, kind-hearted man who was devoted to his family and would go out of his way to help others.

She said: “Every moment of our lives we think about our dad because we know whoever did this to him is still somewhere and not been given justice for the hole they have left in our lives.

“We need help from every person possible to help us go back 20 years and think for a second if they remember anything. We are sure someone must know something and have a very deep secret they are repenting.”

Atek with his wife Khudeja and their three children, who were then aged ten, seven and eight months

Recalling life after her father’s death, Yasmin added: “I had to stop being a child the day Dad died and grow up. I had to look after my mum, who didn’t know any English, and my brothers.

“We couldn’t go back to our family home where the murder had happened and stayed with a mixture of relatives for the first year. Everything was a mess, our whole world had collapsed. I had to get a part-time job at 13 to help ease the cost of living as it was such as struggle.

“But most importantly we missed him. We missed his love, support, his jokes, his cheery demeanour. Our mother was 29 when she became a widow. Her love for our father was unyielding, therefore she never did marry again. My brothers were left without a father figure to guide them through their youth, to help them grow up.”

Yasmin added: “Why would anyone want to kill a loving person? Why would anyone want to make our mum a widow at 29? And take the shelter of our father from us and take our rock from us? Every day we live we will not rest until we find out dad’s killers.

“My dad had wanted us to be educated and successful so we could look after him and mum in their old age. We have succeeded and fulfilled our dad’s dream. The determination to achieve this was even greater due to the circumstances and we hope we have made him very proud. Ideally we would like him back to celebrate this with him, however finding his killers would be second best.”

Contact the police incident room on 020 8345 3775 or make an anonymous call to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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The unsolved murder of Christine McGovern

On Thursday, 22 June, 1995, Christine McGovern was found strangled in her flat in Walthamstow, east London.

The 47 year-old lived alone with her Rottweiler dog at a flat at 53a Hamilton Road and was a known sex worker.

She was last seen alive at around 6.30pm on June 21, 1995, in the street outside and at 11pm neighbours heard a dog barking.

At 12pm the next day a friend found her lying naked in her flat. She had suffered a broken spine and nose and severe bruising and a pathologist gave the cause of death as asphyxiation.

There was no sign of forced entry to her home but it had been ransacked and a video recorder, a satellite decoder, four gold rings and a gold necklace with a St Christopher’s pendant had been stolen.

Christine McGovern
Christine McGovern

Detectives believe she was murdered by someone she knew and issued a new appeal for witnesses and information in 2011.

Detective Inspector Ken Hughes, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “We are appealing for anyone who didn’t originally come forward to contact us.

“Circumstances change over the years and it may be someone now feels they can approach us in confidence and anonymously if they wish.

“Even if you just have a hunch or had suspicions about someone at the time we would like to hear from you – we can quickly eliminate people from the enquiry from the evidence we have recovered from the scene but a piece of information you may think is useless could be crucial.”

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Dalston triple murder solved after 28 years

Wilbert Anthony Dyce got away with the murders of a mother and her two children for nearly three decades.

He was 26 when he raped and stabbed Norma Richards, 27, to death after following her home from a nightclub on July 17, 1982.

He then stabbed her nine year-old daughter Samantha to death and drowned seven year-old Syretta in the bath at their flat at 54 Kingsgate Estate, Dalston, east London.

Dyce, whose mother lived just a few hundred yards away, left the scene after daubing the National Front NF symbol on the walls in an attempt to make it look like a racist murder.

The bodies of all three were found two days later on July 19 by their grandmother Myra and step-sister Rhodene. The murder weapon may have been a 19th century bayonet which was kept in the flat as a bayonet.

Nobody suspected Dyce’s involvement, his name was never given to police and he was never interviewed.

It was only during a review in 2009 – sparked by a query from a journalist researching a book about footballer Laurie Cunningham, the brother of Norma’s partner – that his DNA was matched to semen samples found at the scene.

Confronted with the damning evidence, he claimed that he had sex with Norma Richards in the toilets of a nearby club hours before her death.

But he was convicted of all three murders on December 17, 2010, after a trial at the Old Bailey. The court heard he had also sexually attacked two other women in their own homes and stabbed his ex-wife

At the age of 54 Dyce was jailed for life with no chance of parole.

Detective Chief Inspector Steven Lawrence, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “This was a truly appalling crime, with the lives of a young woman and her two children, aged just nine and seven, tragically taken.

“It has been the prosecution case that Norma Richards was murdered as part of a sexual attack; her attacker then killed her in her own home and went on to murder the children in cold blood to prevent his identification.

“Wilbert Dyce is an evil, violent man who preys on the weak and vulnerable. He has never accepted responsibility for these terrible crimes nor at any stage shown remorse. He lied and denigrated the victim’s reputation by giving evidence that he and Norma had sex in the toilets of a club prior to the murder.

“I would like to pay tribute to those members of the local community who came forward to give information about this case. I would also like to thank those who have shown such courage in giving evidence at the trial. It is a tribute to all concerned that members of the community in east London now have the confidence in police to come forward and assist.

“This case highlights the determination of the Met Police to solve every murder and bring those responsible to justice. A case is never closed.”

The police also issued a statement from surviving daughter Rhodene, 32. It read: “When I was four, I found my mum and my sisters dead in our flat we lived in. I was really scared; my mum was just lying there covered in blood. I ran upstairs and my sisters were in the bath. They were dead too.

“After the funeral, I went to live with my dad’s parents. I had a good upbringing, I enjoyed school, had a lot of friends, but at the back of my mind my mum and sisters were dead. I couldn’t understand who would want to hurt them.

“It was weird going from being the youngest to the eldest, not being able to talk to my sisters about boys, make-up and secrets. I can remember taking their things and running off with them, having fun and laughing with them. What could it have been like growing up with them? I’ll never know, I never got the chance.

“As I got older it got harder. I knew they weren’t coming back. Every year on my birthday I would cry, it would be tears of happiness as I remembered them all but also of great sadness. As for my other family members, no-one would talk about my mum. I guess it was too much for them, they must have been too horrified to even say her name. I don’t think it was deliberate, just too painful to talk about.

“I fell pregnant at 18. I wanted my mum so bad, to hear her say she was there for me, and to hold her granddaughter for the first time. I told myself I can be a good mother, be the mother my mum would have been.

“I will never have my mum back to hug or see her smile, I will never be able to share a laugh or evening out with my sisters, but I will always have them in my heart and that will never change.”

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