‘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. …

Death at the Savoy: Ali Fahmy

The trial of French socialite Marguerite Fahmy for the murder of her wealthy husband at the Savoy Hotel was the sensation of its day. At around 2am on 10 July 1923 a porter heard three shots coming from their luxury suite and ran to the door to see 22 year-old Ali Fahmy slumped against the …

The murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher

Yvonne Fletcher, a 25 year-old officer with the Metropolitan Police, was shot outside the Libyan Embassy on 17 April 1984. She had been monitoring a protest by opponents of Muammar Gaddafi in St James’ Square when a burst of automatic gunfire rang out at around 10.17am. Ten protestors were injured and WPC Fletcher was wounded …

Lord Lucan: A Killer at Large?

The disappearance of Lord Lucan is one of the most intriguing mysteries in modern British history. Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, was 40 when he fled justice after the murder of his children’s nanny Sandra Rivett on November 8 1974. He has never been seen since, although countless theories have sprung up as …