Someone got into the Maida Vale, London, bedsit of Miss Amala de Vere Whelan, 22, on the night of Thursday, November 16th, 1972, raped and strangled her, then covered her body in cleaning fluid. He used the same liquid to write the word “Ripper” on the wall.

Despite its reputation as a red-light area, Amala was renting the room while studying at London University, having previously studied at Warwick University.