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    UK - Melanie Hall, 25, Bath, Somerset, 9 June 1996

    Suddenly dawned on me, whilst following the several UK threads (Claudia Lawrence, Joanna Yeates, Sian O'Callaghan) that Melanie Hall, while on occasion mentioned on those threads, did not have a thread here on WS.

    Background:
    FRESH TORMENT FOR PARENTS OF TRAGIC MELANIE HALL
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    Melanie, 25, vanished after leaving a nightclub in Bath nearly 15 years ago in circumstances starkly similar to Sianís disappearance.

    The psychology graduate had gone to the Cadillacs club with her partner and a group of friends.

    The couple had a row when he spotted her dancing with another man and she was last seen sitting on a stool near the dance floor at 1am on June 9, 1996.

    Avon and Somerset Police questioned thousands of clubbers and taxi drivers but her fate remained a mystery for 13 years until her remains were found hidden under five plastic bags at the side of the M5 in Gloucestershire in October 2009. A ring which had been in her family for generations was also found.
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    more at Daily Express link above
    more:
    Melanie Hall: a mystery which has baffled police (This Is Bristol)

    Melanie's remains were discovered in 2009:
    Bones found by M5 motorway are those of Melanie Hall, missing since 1996 (Sunday Times)

    A man handed himself in to authorities and was arrested:
    Arrested man ruled out of Melanie Hall inquiry (Guardian)

    Other arrests have been made:
    Melanie Hall murder: man arrested (Daily Telegraph)

    Second man arrested over Melanie Hall murder (Daily Telegraph)

    Clues have been supposed:
    Car break-in could be key in Melanie Hall murder probe (This Is Gloucestershire)

    But, so far, no charges have been brought; the case remains, interesting and unsolved.

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    What a puzzle, and I wonder how long her body had been there. Someone has got away with murder
    I would be curious to know why the two men were arrested and the field searched and what the Dr is doing now

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    Ah, I see the Dr has given an interview
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...und-by-M5.html

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    I'd be interested to know how seriously they took the doctor as a possible suspect at the time of her disappearance.

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    I would bet that he was their prime suspect, for a number of reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherwell View Post
    I would bet that he was their prime suspect, for a number of reasons.
    Yes, agreed, he would have needed to have been. I'm not familiar enough with the case to know what at last caused them to look elsewhere.

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    I feel terrible saying this but, could he not be seen as a suspect because he is a respectable doctors, the set of circumstances are troubling to me

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    By the time they married at Holy Rood Roman Catholic Church in 1991 Mr Halliwell was working with his father-in-law as a builder. Neighbours still remember his large transit van parked outside their house
    Halliwell had access to a Transit in the Nineties.

    A set of three Ford keys has been recovered from the site by the side of the M5, around a metre from where Melanie's remains were found.
    They would have fitted a Ford Transit Van, Escort, or Fiesta, manufactured in 1995 or 1996 - the year Melanie disappeared.
    Had posted this before on SO site but it might be more relevant here. Also the blue rope that bound Melanie is very common among builders, it's purchased in big spools in the trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badhorsie View Post
    I feel terrible saying this but, could he not be seen as a suspect because he is a respectable doctors, the set of circumstances are troubling to me
    By that logic Harold Shipman would still be busy among us ....

    No, I don't think the police are at all swayed by status in any form. Respectable, educated, well-qualified, professional: - if they are in the frame for any reason (motive, means, opportunity), they will be looked at for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherwell View Post
    By that logic Harold Shipman would still be busy among us ....

    No, I don't think the police are at all swayed by status in any form. Respectable, educated, well-qualified, professional: - if they are in the frame for any reason (motive, means, opportunity), they will be looked at for sure.
    But they were obliged to investigate Shipman as he had been reported by a pharmacist if I remember correctly.
    Personally I don't get a hinky feeling about the doctor in this case, just throwing it out there.

    I am a RN and years ago many doctors would increase the morphine dose of a moribund patient and they would die, it was seen as a kindness.
    However no doctor that I knew ever benefited in any way by their actions as HS did


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    Smile

    I just used Shipman as an example because he was a doctor, so let's not go off on his tangent or into mercy-killing.

    It was really the second part of my post that carried my point:

    No, I don't think the police are at all swayed by status in any form. Respectable, educated, well-qualified, professional: - if they are in the frame for any reason (motive, means, opportunity), they will be looked at for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherwell View Post

    No, I don't think the police are at all swayed by status in any form. Respectable, educated, well-qualified, professional: - if they are in the frame for any reason (motive, means, opportunity), they will be looked at for sure.
    Hm. An interesting point of contention here. While they may be "in the frame," one wonders just how closely they are looked at, those of high achievement or elevated social status, how closely they are grilled, those who have the means to afford top legal counsel.

    All things being unequal, I would assume they might enjoy an easier time of it than one who has not, and cannot.

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    Well, we could consider the two people arrested in the Joanna Yeates murder case. Both intelligent, respectable, well-qualified, one a 'pillar of the community' etc. Didn't deter the police from pulling them in, did it?

    As for "elevated social status", I believe they're still anxious to interview Lord Lucan

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    Making use of selected cases may obscure that which prevails in a majority of others.

    Lord Lucan is missing! lol. I love that song, especially the Black Box Recorder version (Dodgems original good too).

    We need a Lord Lucan thread.

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    timelines and arrests

    Here's a Daily Telegraph timeline covering the period 09 June 1996 - 07 October 2009.
    :: March 2003: Two men from the Bath area, both aged in their 30s, are arrested over Miss Hall's death and later bailed.
    I can't find much about these arrests other than they were bailed after "farmland at Inglesbatch, near Bath is searched, as is a charity shopís cellars in Chatham Row" (Wiltshire Times) and were later released from charges.

    In October 2009 a man was arrested after apparently confessing to the crime shortly after the bones were identified:
    The man, aged 37, believed to be from the Hazel Grove area of Stockport, was arrested on suspicion of murder by Greater Manchester Police.

    After undergoing a mental health assessment, detectives from Avon and Somerset Constabulary said he had been "eliminated as a suspect in the Melanie Hall murder inquiry".
    The Independent
    Here's another timeline, from BBC, extending the time period to 01 July 2010, when....
    Avon and Somerset Police arrest a 38-year-old man from Bath over Melanie's disappearance and murder after he went voluntarily to Manvers Street police station.
    This man had been questioned in the case before, in its immediate aftermath:
    Police investigating the murder of Melanie Hall have revealed a man arrested last week was questioned by officers when she disappeared in 1996.
    BBC News
    He also was released from charges.

    Finally, a fifth man was arrested in late August 2010:
    Avon and Somerset Police said a 39-year-old was held on suspicion of the murder of Miss Hall, who disappeared in Bath in 1996.

    The man, from Wiltshire, was arrested at 4pm after he went voluntarily to a police station, a spokesman said.
    Wiltshire Times
    He, too, was later released.

    Who were these guys? Why were they suspected? Aside from the man arrested after admitting his guilt (the third arrest) and soon after released from charges, it would still seem they all must be considered as persons of interest, although charges have never been brought.

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