‘Ruthless and planned’: The unsolved murder of Syed Mehdi

Detectives believe the 23-year-old doorman was shot dead in retaliation for an earlier dispute at a bar in east London – but have been unable to charge any suspects with the killing It started off just like any other Saturday night in Ilford town centre. The pubs and clubs were…

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Innocent victim of a ‘Postcode War’? The unsolved murder of Joshua Bwalya

The murder of a 17-year-old student in east London bore the hallmarks of a gang attack, an inquest heard Shortly before 1am on 2 August 2017, Joshua Bwalya and his friends were standing outside the Way 2 Save supermarket in Ripple Road, Barking, when they noticed six youths on bicycles…

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‘Wall of Silence’: The unsolved murder of Abraham Badru

Police say they found no evidence to support a possible motive for the shooting of a 26-year-old personal trainer who lived in fear of retribution from a gang he helped convict and put in jail more than a decade earlier Abraham Badru was 15 years years old when he witnessed…

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Gangland killing of athletics champion: Claude Moseley

Former British high jump champion Claude Moseley was allegedly murdered by a notorious north London crime gang.

The 32-year-old athlete was stabbed in the back with a samurai sword at a house in Bethune Road, Stoke Newington on 4 February 1994.

Although he had been a successful member of the Haringey Athletics Club, detectives believed he began working for the Adams Family syndicate’s drug trafficking operation. It was rumoured he was killed for skimming off the profits.

Claude Moseley
Claude Moseley

An enforcer for the syndicate, Gilbert Wynter, was charged with the murder after a witness came forward to police.

But on 16 February 1995, Wynter walked free from the Old Bailey when the witness refused to give evidence after being told he could not remain anonymous.

He claimed that he had been threatened by a prison officer and an inmate.

Sentencing him to three months imprisonment for contempt of court at the Old Bailey, Judge Michael Coombe said: ‘A murderer such as the person who killed the victim in this case is likely to strike again and again until men have the courage to give evidence whatever the consequences are to them.

‘It is terrifying that a man who commits a murder of this kind can get away with it because a man refuses to do his duty and give evidence.

‘This was a particularly vicious type of murder and I am told that those who were there belonged to that section of society which could be described as hardened criminals.

‘There is no doubt you are a terrified man. Equally however, you could have taken the opportunity to have a disguised identity and got help in protecting yourself and your family.’

Wynter, a ‘self-employed jeweller’, went missing on 1 March 1998. It is thought he too was killed by the Adams Family. Legend has it he was buried under the Millennium Dome.

In May 2011, detectives launched a ‘last ditch’ investigation into his disappearance, linking it to the murder of another Adams associate Solly Nahome. Both cases remain unsolved.

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New: User-Generated Murder Map Markers

Subscribers can now add cases to our Historical Murder Map of London

We are testing a feature where paying subscribers (still only £5 a year) can add map markers to our Historical Murder Map of London, which includes some of the more notorious murder cases in the capital.

Although there are only 70 cases listed at present, we are trying to slowly add some of the murders dating back to the 19th Century that featured on the original map.

If you are a registered user you will see the following options below the map.

If you click on a location a red google pin marker will appear, and the GPS location will be automatically added. Alternatively you can work out the address on Google Maps and then paste the latitude and longitude (fore example: 51.423173, -0.432173).

Then give it a title (e.g. ‘Lord Lucan and the murder of Sandra Rivett’) and a description, confirm you are human by ticking the box and then click the ‘add marker’ button.

Please make sure you are adding a real London murder case (dating before the year 2000 AD) which is not already on the map.

The map markers have to be approved before they appear on the map to prevent anyone spamming cases or make up a murder.

We hope that opening up this particular map to user-generated markers will speed up the process of filling out the map and make it more useful and informative.

The map itself, plus the map markers and short description, are open to view for everyone. However some case reports (accessed via a link on the map marker bubble) are only available to subscribers.

We reserve the right to edit and change the text relating to any markers added by users.

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