A man described by police as a maniac grabbed Mrs. Gloria Booth, 29, probably at a bus stop outside a pub in South Ruislip Park, London, and took her off to a garage somewhere near Ruislip. There he tortured, mutilated, and murdered her that same night. The killer was thought to be impotent, as no sexual intercourse took place.

Gloria’s partially clothed body was found next day, Sunday, June 13th, 1971, dumped in a park near the Polish war memorial on the A40. One of her shoes had been carefully hidden under a hedge, in contrast to the rest of her clothes, which were strewn around her body.

At the inquest the coroner said the case had aspects of “an extremely disturbing nature” and “unusual features” which would not be disclosed until an arrest was made.