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    UK - Linda Smith, 12, Earls Colne, Essex, 16 Jan 1961

    Police appeal to killer of 1961 schoolgirl Linda Smith. (BBC News)
    The murderer of a schoolgirl who was killed 52 years ago has been urged by police to "do the right thing" and confess the crime.

    The body of Linda Smith, 12, was found in a field near Hadleigh on 20 January 1961, four days after she went missing.

    Det Ch Insp Andy Smith said the case was being "fully and extensively" reviewed and there was "every reason" to believe the killer was still alive.

    "Time is running out for them to do the right thing," he said.

    Her death is the oldest of about 13 unsolved murders being regularly reviewed by Suffolk Police.

    Linda, who lived in Earls Colne, near Halstead in Essex, was last seen walking to a shop in the village to buy a magazine for her great-grandmother.
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    more at the link, with a heartbreaking picture

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    Good grief. This is just terrible.
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    Those are nice photos of her.

    They must think the killer was pretty young when he/she did it. I wonder what clues they have in this case. It sounds like zero, but they mention witnesses so they must have something.

    also, the money for the magazine was in her pocket. so, they have an idea of when it happened based on when she left and when the shop closed. she hadn't made it to the store, but if she had been still in control of her own movements by the time it closed... she would have gone to get the magazine.

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    http://www.truecrimelibrary.com/crim...mber=11&id=767

    Linda, the daughter of a foundry worker, disappeared four days earlier while on her way to pay a newspaper bill. Her abductor drove 18 miles across the county border into Suffolk to dump her body. His car was seen by a 17-year-old schoolgirl who remembered a “darkish” car reversing down Potts Lane. Some hours later Mrs. Edna Humphrey, lying awake, heard the car start up again and drive past her home to the edge of the field.

    http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/po...ndly_1_2352380

    There were four confirmed sightings by those who knew Linda between then and around 5.10pm. She never went into the newsagent’s, despite being seen looking in the shop’s window by her friend Margaret Mattin, aged 12.

    Solicitor to ask for arrest warrant
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...pg=5846,939922

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    http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/po...ndly_1_2352380

    ''A subsequent inquest heard a red substance, believed to be paint, and traces of flour were found on Linda. These were matched to the clothing of a man spoken to during the inquiry. His car also contained the traces of the red substance. However, he was never arrested and police only ever described him as a potential witness''

    I wonder if the Police still have the two samples of paint to compare forensically.

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    Apparently there initially was a murder suspect in Linda's case though he's not named in the linked newspaper article dated June 17, 1961.

    http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/Ar...0617.2.30.aspx

    "Five magistrates of this small village yesterday refused a private warrant for the arrest of a man for the murder of 12-year-old Linda Smith."

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    And a picture of Linda


    Linda Smith, 12

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    In Memory of Linda

    Hi,

    It is good to learn that there exists interest in this largely forgotten case. In searching for information you may have noticed a book entitled "Little Miss Friendly" of which I am the author. I have studied and researched Linda's sad story for many years, first hearing of it when I was mere lad living locally, as I still do. If you have any questions about the case I will be pleased to help if it is within my bounds.

    Very Best Regards

    Nimrod

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Hood View Post
    http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/po...ndly_1_2352380

    ''A subsequent inquest heard a red substance, believed to be paint, and traces of flour were found on Linda. These were matched to the clothing of a man spoken to during the inquiry. His car also contained the traces of the red substance. However, he was never arrested and police only ever described him as a potential witness''

    I wonder if the Police still have the two samples of paint to compare forensically.
    Nimrod, thanks for joining W/S, anything to report on this ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nimrod View Post
    Hi,

    It is good to learn that there exists interest in this largely forgotten case. In searching for information you may have noticed a book entitled "Little Miss Friendly" of which I am the author. I have studied and researched Linda's sad story for many years, first hearing of it when I was mere lad living locally, as I still do. If you have any questions about the case I will be pleased to help if it is within my bounds.

    Very Best Regards

    Nimrod
    OMG, wow. Welcome and I believe I have heard of your book... I was looking for links for Linda and I think it came up as an option. It is the title I recall.

    What do you make of the sighting of her right outside the magazine shop?

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    was there a certain day of the week new magazines arrived? one article said Linda said she was going to go help her Great Grandmother sort out her magazines. something about the way it was written makes me wonder if this was a thing Linda usually did for her Great Grandmother. If there was a particular day of the week Linda walked to buy the magazine, maybe someone knew this.

    It would be easy to guess when she'd come by... she got out of school a certain time, went home. Then went to her Great Grandmother's... visited a bit, sorted through the magazines, then set off for the shop. The shop closed at a certain time. Linda probably always showed up on her errand at a certain time as well.. give or take a few minutes. was someone waiting for her?

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    Hi, Robin Hood

    Forensics ascertained that the paint was in fact lacquer in two forms. One red, the other red/yellow/red in layer form. They were never able to trace its source. Police still hold all the evidence from the case including this and Linda's clothing.

    The village baker was the man police had in focus. Det.Chief Supt Jack Mannings of Scotland Yard had taken control of the investigation. After Linda's clothes had been examined in the lab they found the wheat starch and red flecks. It was the starch which lead Mannings to the bakery as routine. With him was Det.Ins John McCafferty of forensics who took sweepings and samples from the bakery and the bakers clothes and car. It was then that the red flecks were detected again on his coat and in his car.

    The starch was found common to others connected to the bakery, naturally. Police took over eighty items from the bakers home but nothing matched the flecks, nor did it from Linda's home. Forensics deemed it probably a transient material.

    The main reason for not treating him as a suspect was due to witness accounts placing him away from the scene at the time.

    Nimrod

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    Hi, December

    Thank you, December. You are correct in saying Linda ran this errand regularly, most days but not everyday at approximately the same time after school. As with all cases, times are crucial but sadly very open to accuracy.

    According to her great grandmother and great aunt she left with the ten shilling note to go to the newsagent at about 4.45/50pm. Mrs Heard saw her at just after 4.30pm at the end of a pathway going to the shop. Dick Parmenter, the village cobbler saw her at his shop at 4.45pm (She used to collect old tobacco tins from him) then Margaret Mattin, her schoolfriend saw her looking in the shop window at 5.00pm. Margaret went in to the shop for no more than three minutes and when she came out Linda was not there. A lorry driver and his mate reported seeing Linda further up the road close to her home at 5.10pm.

    I don't doubt these sightings for one moment but people's recollection of time, as you can see is a matter of conjecture. It is difficult to cover some things with one post but hopefully further Q&A will make it clearer.

    Nimrod

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    Nimrod, thanks for engaging in a Q&A.

    Was the bakery in close proximity to the other shops where Linda was last seen, and ,if so, was it unusual for the baker not to be in the vicinity of his shop at that time of day?

    Has it been disclosed who (and their relationship to the baker) gave an alibi for the baker?

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