Gone But Not Forgotten: They say there's no such thing as the perfect murder, but practically every day of the year someone is killed and their killer remains at large. This section of the archive is dedicated to the victims of the UK's unsolved murders of the 20th century...
Gone But Not Forgotten: January
John Bianchi – Newcastle
A murder that made no sense at all happened on Sunday evening, January 20th, 1919, when John Bianchi, 18, was accompanying his cousin to her work at a nearby hospital in the Biggs Main area of Newcastle.
Suddenly, as they walked along Water Gate, a shot rang out. John Bianchi was hit in the stomach and collapsed. The girl recalled seeing a revolver pointing from behind a hedge, then, as her cousin lay writhing on the ground, the gunman leapt out of the hedge and pistol-whipped the girl around the head and face with the butt of his revolver. Then he disappeared across neighbouring fields.
John Bianchi was taken to hospital, where he died next day from his single gunshot wound.