The war was almost over, and the abandoned air raid shelters had fallen into disrepair. In early 1945, however, prostitutes found them useful, and it was in such a shelter in Bethnal Green Road, London, that police discovered on Monday, February 5th, the body of Eileen Cook, 44, known locally as Irish Molly.

She had been stabbed, strangled, raped and murdered “by some person or persons unknown,” according to the inquest verdict.