10-16-2016, 07:45 PM #1
John Greenwood and Gary Miller, both 11, Whiston, Merseyside, 16 August 1980
Police have reopened the case of two 11-year-old friends murdered in Merseyside 36 years ago.
John Greenwood and Gary Miller died after being found beaten and hidden under a mattress on a rubbish tip in Whiston on 16 August 1980.
A man was tried for their murders in 1981, but found not guilty.
Police are making a fresh appeal for anybody who saw the boys on the day of the murders after receiving new information.
10-16-2016, 07:50 PM #2
I just came here to post about John and Gary. Thanks LB!
What The Sunday Times found:
A confession Mr Cheeseman made to detectives was criticised in the trial because there had been no guardian or lawyer present during the interview.
The Sunday Times report a review in 2008 found forensic exhibits, including blood-stained clothing, had been lost or destroyed.
The national newspaper also claims to have found a new witness in the case who said Mr Cheeseman turned up at her door on the night of the murders with “what looked like red paint” on his trousers.Another neighbour said three days before the killings Mr Cheeseman appeared at her door angry and distraught and said he would “get the family” back after John’s father had complained about him playing on the street with the boys.The investigation has also claimed to have unearthed allegations of a potential new suspect.
The paper reports that a Whiston resident told friends in 1999 she tried to commit suicide because she could no longer live with the guilt of her husband killing the two boys.
10-16-2016, 07:58 PM #3
How the case was originally reported by the Liverpool Echo.
August 21, 1980
The heartbroken parents of John and Gary asked for them to be buried side by side in a joint funeral after Gary’s death the previous day.
The Reverend E Mitchell, vicar of St Nicholas Church in Whiston, said: “Both parents have asked that the two little boys be buried together and that will be arranged.”
May 9, 1981
The jury in the trial of John Cheeseman were told they faced a “whodunnit”, and his barrister Benet Hyfner said they were faced with trying a “very bizarre case”.
He said his client did not fit the description of the killer and had been seen by more than 12 “reputable” eye-witnesses in a different place at the time of the murders
May 11, 1981
A jury took less than an hour to clear John Cheeseman of the killings of John Greenwood and Gary Miller.
10-16-2016, 08:01 PM #4
It's a bit worrying evidence was lost or destroyed, hopefully they can still solve this.
10-16-2016, 08:28 PM #5
10-17-2016, 07:24 AM #6
subscribing, will read through later
10-19-2016, 05:16 AM #7
Well, having just read this old article which reports his interview/confession, I'd say Cheeseman must have done it. How else would he know about the mattress and rope?
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