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 …

The unsolved murder of schoolteacher Joy Hewer

Joy Hewer, 52, was stabbed and sexually assaulted at her own home on 17 October 1995. The retired primary school teacher was found dead after police and firefighters were called to a blaze at the sixth floor flat in St David’s Court, off Parkstone Road, Walthamstow, at around 11.45pm. Ms Hewer, a devout Christian, had …

Britain’s Hannibal Lecter: Peter Bryan

“Cannibalism is normal. It’s been here for centuries…” So said serial killer Peter Bryan as he boasted how he had fried one of his victim’s brains in Clover butter. Bryan believed that the human body was a natural food source that made him stronger. He told one psychiatrist he hoped… 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 …