UK - John Greenwood, 11, & Gary Miller, 11, Whiston, Merseyside, 16 Aug 1980

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  1. Legally Bland

    Legally Bland Well-Known Member

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    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.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-37671385
     
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  3. Elainera

    Elainera Active Member

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    I just came here to post about John and Gary. Thanks LB!

    Another link:
    http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknew...ed-11-year-olds-found-buried-alive/ar-AAj1lkE

     
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    How the case was originally reported by the Liverpool Echo.
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    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.
     
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    Legally Bland Well-Known Member

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    It's a bit worrying evidence was lost or destroyed, hopefully they can still solve this.
     
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    Elainera Active Member

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    subscribing, will read through later
     
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    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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    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-39655639

     

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