Sometimes you get a murder that is completely without motive. So it was when 87-year-old Francis Drake answered a knock on the door of his flat in Warwick Avenue, Paddington, west London. A “tall man” stood on the threshold and without even entering the flat lashed out at the old man, beating and kicking him unconscious.

Mr. Drake died from his wounds in hospital on Tuesday, March 4th, 1952. Police thought the attacker might have been mentally unbalanced. UK Murder Stories from True Crime Library.

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