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    UK - Glenis Carruthers, 20, Clifton, Bristol, 19 Jan 1974

    While the case of Glenis Carruthers, 20, found dead in Bristol in January 1974 has been in the news of late because of its similarities to the recent murder of Joanna Yeates, of Clifton, Bristol, whose body was found on Christmas Day, 2010, the cold case investigation into Ms. Carruthers's death was actually launched eleven months before, in January 2010.

    From the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website:

    The night Glenis Carruthers was murdered
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    On 19th January 1974 Glenis Carruthers travelled from Bedford, where she was a student, to attend a friend's 21st Birthday party on Worcester Crescent in Clifton, Bristol.

    At around 10.20pm Glenis left the party, possibly to get some fresh air or to make a call from a telephone Kiosk, situated nearby.

    Just after 11.00pm there was a sighting of Glenis on the Clifton Downs. The witness thought he saw a courting couple on the grass. A short time after her body was discovered. She had been strangled to death.

    The witness described the man as white, between 20 to 25 years old; around 5ft 10inches tall in height, medium build, with brown shoulder length hair. He was wearing a three-quarter length coat and a denim type cap.

    At the time of the murder 175 officers assisted the investigation and more than 16,000 people were interviewed, however no information was obtained to identify the offender.
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    http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk...is-carruthers/

    The Unsolved Murder of Glenis Carruthers 1974
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    But whatever her reason for leaving [the party], Glenis walked half a mile through the pitch-black streets. At the time, Edward Heath's fight with the miners was at its height and the country was crippled by an energy crisis.
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    Glenis reached a grassy spot near a slip road between The Avenue and Northcote Road. There was a telephone kiosk nearby It was there that she met her killer.

    A senior overseer of the big cats, reptiles and camels at the zoo,.50-year-old Alf Elliott, who lived nearby in Northcote Road, said that he had spotted someone who fitted Glenis's description while he was out exercising his dogs.

    He passed what he thought was a courting couple but when he passed them again the man got up and walked away, leaving the woman in the grass. 'I shouted to him 'Hey, what's your game?'

    He didn't reply and I repeated what I had just said.

    'He just stared and went on. his way,' the zoo keeper said. 'I called the police straight away. I could not see the man very well as it was quite dark and a mass of hair hid his face.'
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    There was one clue — the shank of a pair of spectacles which might have belonged to Glenis's assailant was found near the scene of the crime. Every optician in the county was visited but no information was forthcoming about the wearer.
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    the rest of the fine article is here
    The Possible Connection with the Death of Joanna Yeates

    Detectives are investigating the possibility that Miss Yeates’s killer could also have throttled Glenis Carruthers, 20, who was murdered in 1974 after leaving a party just 350 yards from where Miss Yeates lived.

    A cold case review team set up last year to reinvestigate Miss Carruthers’ murder is liaising closely with officers in the Joanna Yeates inquiry after identifying a series of striking similarities between the two killings.

    Both women had been strangled, were found fully-clothed and had not been sexually assaulted. Both women also appeared to have died quickly without being able to put up a struggle, and in both cases the victims were found without shoes on.

    In each case the crime appeared to be motiveless, the victims were a similar age and were attacked at a similar time of night.
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    more here:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...d-be-same.html

    Whether or not the two crimes are related, it is hoped that the spotlight shone on Glenis Carruthers's case because of its similarities with that of Joanna Yeates will help produce a solution after these many years.

    Posts and links relevant to the Carruthers case are invited.

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    Regarding the possibility of a link between the Carruthers and Yeates cases, Daily Telegraph has run a side by side, compare and contrast, picture of each of the victims:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/pict...cts-death.html

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    Yeates case is not linked to 1974 Bedford student murder

    Police say they are not linking the murder of a 20-year-old Bedford student with that of the Bristol architect Joanna Yeates.
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    An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said: “The investigation remains ongoing into the death of Joanna Yeates and is not being linked to any other murder in the area but it is routine procedure for information to be looked at if new information comes to light.”
    http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/N...ent-murder.htm

    Well - perhaps. Another link, one would imagine, is that of right now, the constabulary has been unable to solve either.

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    Unsolved Clifton murder case could hold key to finding Joanna Yeates killer

    Miss Hardyman's godmother Jay Hunter said: "Glenis had stayed at Sandra's home before, so she knew some of the people there. She apparently didn't tell anyone when she left the party. I didn't know anything about it until Sandra told me that she was worried because she couldn't find Glenis.

    "I suggested that she might be in another room but Sandra had said that she had looked and could not find her."

    At the time, Detective Chief Superintendent Lewis, head of Bristol CID at the time, could only guess at why: "She may have been hot and needed a breath of fresh air. She may have felt lonely because everyone seemed to have a partner."
    The lack of serious injury to Miss Carruthers surprised both the Ham Green hospital pathologist Derek Johnson and Mr Lewis.

    He said: "The lack of a struggle, lack of injury, lack of anything to go on hampered our inquiries. One almost felt it was a mistake thinking this was a murder."

    Examinations only discovered a small abrasion on her throat, suggesting the attack could be an indecent assault from behind. The official cause of death was "manual strangulation" but there was no evidence of a sexual assault.
    Earlier this year, the black beads Miss Carruthers was wearing on the night she was murdered were sent off for forensic testing, but results proved negative.

    Fibres from her clothes were also sent off for examination and work is ongoing to see if DNA evidence could be gleaned from those.

    All of the 25 long-term unsolved murders linked to the Bristol area have been reviewed in the past 18 months by the team, as well a number of rapes that they have solved using DNA evidence.

    much more at
    http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/...l/article.html

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    I have wondered why Glenis wandered half a mile from the party on a cold winter's night in just a pair of sandals, with reduced lighting due to power cuts. If it was to go to the phone box then what could have that been about?

    There's an original news article here which mentions what the suspect was wearing and it also says his age was between 20-30 which differs from more recent reports.

    Also, with regards to other similar murders. Three more have been spotted which are quite similar.

    Sandra Court

    Michelle Bettles


    Lindsay Rimer

    I also came across this in an Old Cliftonian magazine with regards to Iwerne holidays which might have connections to both Norfolk and Dorset through Gresham's and Clayesmore schools.

    We have enjoyed another very busy year in the Christian Forum. Our weekly Wednesday evening meetings in room 13 have attracted between 10 and 35 pupils each week.

    Many of the outside speakers are leaders at Iwerne Holidays or full time staff members of that organisation. Iwerne Holdiays organise Christian holiday parties in Norfolk as well as other activities and Clifton has a strong link with these holidays at the moment. Over the last few years around 30 Cliftonians have attended one of the holidays or the Easter revision week.

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    Thanks Pisces Cloud. Excellent info, terrifc links, great post.

    Especially interesting seeing the '74 Evening Times article, from 37 years ago today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Thanks Pisces Cloud. Excellent info, terrifc links, great post.

    Especially interesting seeing the '74 Evening Times article, from 37 years ago today.
    Perhaps that is a sign. Anyway, it's also interesting to note that two of the murders were around an holiday period too. Easter weekend 2002 and May bank holiday weekend 1986. There's also another coincidence of there being 8 years between the murders starting from Sandra.

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    I would also be interesting to see who was actually at that party back 1974.

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    Pisces Cloud

    I would also be interesting to see who was actually at that party back 1974.

    Hi Pisces, I have often thought this myself... But the party was for Hardyman's (resi at JY block of flats) neice. Hardyman is an ex teacher at the Clifton school that LL worked at. To me this is WAY too big of a coincidence...Is it almost as if someone somewhere wants to keep this all 'under wraps'. Why I wonder? could someone from L/E have some kind of a connection? Wild thought, but just SO many unsolved murders makes ya wonder.

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    There does seem to be a bit of an Old Cliftonian clique in place and I wouldn't be surprised if the killer did have something on others. If he is from one of those two buildings, that is. Perhaps along similar lines to the guy who lived in the JY flat beforehand. I'd really like to dig around and see if someone connected to the college was around in other areas when similar murders occurred. Either through Iwerne Holidays or due to some sort of school sport competitions.


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    INVESIGATION INTO A&S CONSTABULORY

    Based on what we have read so far with the JY murder investigation, but more so the previous unsolved murders in the Bristol /Bath and surrounding area, wouldn't this be cause for the Police Commission in the UK to open up a review and investigation of this force and it's employees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMENJBRIT View Post
    INVESIGATION INTO A&S CONSTABULORY

    Based on what we have read so far with the JY murder investigation, but more so the previous unsolved murders in the Bristol /Bath and surrounding area, wouldn't this be cause for the Police Commission in the UK to open up a review and investigation of this force and it's employees?
    Not sure I know enough to comment on that question (though lack of knowledge has never stopped me from commenting before!). Yes, there are unsolved murders - but, compared to other areas of England, does the Bristol constabulary have a significantly higher amount? From where I sit (in Oklahoma, where much goes unresolved), the constabulary looks like the model of efficiency as an enforcement unit, even given the apparent fumble of the CJ arrest and the possibility that the VT charges might not stand.

    On the other hand, the lack of solving particularly the Glenis murder does point to something I can't quite pinpoint - the case has a certain je ne sais quoi, as if the perpetrator were in fact known, but went unarrested for some odious reason or another.

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    Oh, also, and incidentally, speaking of Bristol unsolved homicides, badhorsie has begun a thread about a particularly chilling - and now 54 year old - case, the "Babes in the Wood" murders (which also received a mention on the Yeates threads). Here it is:

    UK. Bristol. Royston and June Sheasby, 1957: two children found in shallow grave
    Last edited by OkieGranny; 04-16-2015 at 05:54 AM. Reason: fixed broken link

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    As far as unsolved murders go in the UK I did find this report here;

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...d-murders.html

    As you can see, the Metropolitan Police have the most unsolved murders at 341, and that's only since 1996. On that basis Avon and Somerset only have 5 unsolveds. The disparity is so great that I suspect it must be the case that A&SC have a better murder clear up rate than the Met. To try and put some perspective on the numbers, I did find some statistics relating to the size of UK police forces in 2004 at this link;

    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/...06-02-02c.75.7

    This shows Avon and Somerset with a population of 1,519,119 and the Met at 7,420,617. So the Met covers 5 times the population that A&SC covers, but has 68 times as many unsolved murders. A&SC also have fewer unsolveds than the West Midlands and Greater Manchester forces taking the relative population into account.

    I also found this news report regarding the situation in the USA;

    http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/...ved-homicides/

    Every year there are 6,000 unsolved murders in the USA, which is about 20 per million of the population and roughly twenty times the UK incidence.

    I'd therefore conclude that A&SC are by no means the worst performing police force in the UK and that their murder clear up rate is probably better than every single police authority in the United States of America.

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    Regarding the connection with the Jo Yeates case.

    Whilst Glenis's shoes, or sandals to be pedantic, weren't on her feet, they were found "close to her body". So that's actually a point of difference with the Yates case rather than a similarity. And to be honest with you, I'd imagine that if you grabbed any woman from behind, pulled her to the ground and throttled her to death, then her footwear would come off her feet in the brief struggle and end up somewhere nearby.

    Glenis was murdered in a public area, virtually under the nose of a witness. Joanna (as far as we can tell at the moment) was murdered in private, away from prying eyes, and then secretly dumped elsewhere, whilst Glenis was left to lie where she was.

    Glenis wasn't from Bristol, but Buckinghamshire and at college in Bedford, and was only in Bristol to attend the birthday party. It's therefore unlikely that she knew anybody much in Bristol other than her fellow party guests, and once you've eliminated them from inquiries, you'd have to conclude that it was likely she didn't know her attacker.

    I've argued before (in one of the Yeates threads) that it's unlikely from a pure actuarial point of view that two murders that took place 37 years apart were committed by the same person. Unlikely, but not impossible. Glenis's killer could have been in his early twenties (or perhaps younger). That would make them in their late 50s early 60s in 2010, and you can't rule out someone of that age being sufficiently fit and healthy to do it all over again. (But you might well wonder what they'd been up to in the intervening years.) Of course the witness did put the suspect's age at between 20 to 25 years old. But then again, "I could not see the man very well as it was quite dark and a mass of hair hid his face", so it's likely the age range is a pure guess based on the fact that the suspect had long hair and wore a "denim-type coat" and doesn't mean much at all.

    I'd say that Glenis's murder looks like a blitz attack by a stranger, and quite unconnected with the Jo Yeates case.

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