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    UK - George Wilson, 41, Nottingham, 8 Sept 1963

    Daily Mail:

    Police launch cold case review into 'Pretty Windows Murder' of landlord 50 YEARS ago which remains unsolved despite five separate confessions
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    The bloodied body of George Wilson, 41, was found yards from the front door of the Fox and Grapes pub in Nottingham minutes after he took his dog for a late-night walk in the early hours of September 8, 1963.

    The unsolved case - know has the Pretty Windows Murder because of the pub's attractive frontage - led to five confessions, but all of them were deemed fake by police.

    Mr Wilson, who had a six-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, had been stabbed 13 times with a six-inch Bowie knife but no money had been taken from his wallet, which suggested to police that his murder was personal rather than random.

    His wife Alberta found him lying in the street after she heard their mongrel Blackie scratching at the door and saw the dog was covered in blood.
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    More, with pictures, at the link; also see:

    Why Pretty Windows murder still resonates. (nottinghampost.com)

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    'Pretty Windows' murder: Family seek closure. (BBC News)
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    Mr Wilson's daughter, Margaret, who was six at the time, said: "We would really like to know who did this for our own peace of mind, even if the offender is dead."

    She said: "We think that quite a lot of local people will have known something about his death.

    "We are also pretty sure that Blackie [the dog] would have attacked his killer, he was very protective of him.

    "Our mother died without ever knowing who did this or why and we need some closure after the killer robbed us of our dad."
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    More, with pictures, at the link

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    Second post in OP is from thisisnottingham.co.uk btw. My mistake.

    Much detail here:

    George Wilson - 'Pretty Windows' murder anniversary. (nottinghamshire.police.uk)
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    In the early stages of the investigation, detectives spoke to a number of witnesses, including a security guard who reported seeing a white man just up the road from the pub. He was described as being in his early 30s, between 5ft 10” and 6ft tall, wearing a green Trilby and a light-coloured raincoat, said to have been carrying a knife or a chisel.

    Nine days later, two young boys playing in Polser Brook, a ditch just off the A52, near to Holme Pierrepont, discovered a knife, which they handed in to police. A forensic examination subsequently linked the weapon to George’s murder.
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    This is where I live. I'd heard of it but nothing too specific. I used to do the admin for the nursery next door, which is called Pretty Windows. The pub is now called the Peggers Inn and it's rough as heck.
    If anyone wants any photos of the scene as it is now, I'd be happy to oblige.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluttershy View Post
    This is where I live. I'd heard of it but nothing too specific. I used to do the admin for the nursery next door, which is called Pretty Windows. The pub is now called the Peggers Inn and it's rough as heck.
    If anyone wants any photos of the scene as it is now, I'd be happy to oblige.
    Pictures! yes, post please!

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    Thank you Fluttershy!

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    From today, BBC News: 'Pretty Windows' murder: 'Possible' new leads
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    "Some people have come to us with names, some are talking about possible motives, others have information about the weapon," said Det Ch Insp Tony Heydon.

    "We are now taking all of this and cross-checking it with our files to see if we have any new leads to go on."
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    the rest at the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluttershy View Post
    This is where I live. I'd heard of it but nothing too specific. I used to do the admin for the nursery next door, which is called Pretty Windows. The pub is now called the Peggers Inn and it's rough as heck.
    If anyone wants any photos of the scene as it is now, I'd be happy to oblige.
    ''Rough as heck'' Now Fluttershy, you are not doing it justice are you ?
    I was in there about 14 years ago and Wyatt Earp wouldn't have gone in. There was pint pots flying overhead, a trip to the toilets needed somebody to 'cover' you (women as well) And you wouldn't dare complain about the lipstick around your drinking glass (yes folks, even the pint pots)
    This was at my last visit, my first was in the mid 1970's and nothing had changed.
    If it was the same in 1963 I'm not surprised they couldn't solve it, 60 revellers and 60 suspects, IMO.


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    Ah, gosh. Poor little Blackie!

    And the wife and kids, and George of course, but the poor little dog, coming home like that.... I'm glad this case is being re-opened. It seems like they've got some good evidence, so maybe they can solve it.

    Poor old pub too, looks a bit out of place in its modern street, doesn't it? Thanks for the pics, Fluttershy.

    13 stab wounds, knife carried to the pub and then discarded, no robbery - does sound personal, and probably anger-motivated.

    Was George borrowing money from or working for crooks, or cheating on his wife with somebody else's? Was the first question in my head.
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    ''Ah, gosh. Poor little Blackie! '' I must admit, I thought that. That got me, more so at first.

    Also to add
    ''Was George borrowing money from or working for crooks, or cheating on his wife with somebody else's? Was the first question in my head''

    The crooks side I tend to lean to. Possibly he was being threatened by protection guys and went to meet them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    'Pretty Windows' murder: Family seek closure. (BBC News)
    Mr Wilson's daughter, Margaret, who was six at the time, said: "We would really like to know who did this for our own peace of mind, even if the offender is dead."

    She said: "We think that quite a lot of local people will have known something about his death.

    "We are also pretty sure that Blackie [the dog] would have attacked his killer, he was very protective of him.

    "Our mother died without ever knowing who did this or why and we need some closure after the killer robbed us of our dad."
    It would be nice to think that Blackie tore a hole in the killer and that somehow, 50 years on, this would jog someone's memory about having seen a dog-injured person just after the crime.

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    Robin, I thought the same, re 'crooks' - but is 13 stabs with a bowie knife excessive, even for that? Maybe not, but they must've really wanted him dead. So not a gambling debt, probably, or the like - debtors break kneecaps, you can't get money out of a corpse. Unless he'd racked up a massive debt and refused outright to pay it.

    Protection money's a good call, but then - what to make of George "wearing a suit on the night of his death, as if he had been planning to go somewhere or meet someone"?

    Stabs with a six inch blade to the face and neck also suggest a great deal of anger, so that with the suit inclines me toward a jealous hubby sort of personal vendetta. There was the anonymous threat too... but if George was cheating on his wife, he wouldn't be fessing up to knowing who the threat likely came from..

    Or yeps, a little business with a class of crook slightly higher than the average yob. Someone he wanted to impress, perhaps. Loan shark or 'godfather', rather than just the collectors.
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    "One witness described a man running down Longden Street at 12.50am wearing a green Robin Hood style hat, a light-coloured raincoat and appeared to have a knife or chisel in his hand."


    .....or it was a nutter.
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