The night before she was murdered Mrs. Ivy Griffiths, 33, spent the evening with her estranged husband, the first time they had seen each other for three weeks. But that didn’t make him a suspect, despite the fact that he knew she was going out with a 20-year-old man.

In fact, there were no suspects – Scotland Yard detectives who were called in remained baffled. They believed that Mrs. Griffiths was waylaid by a maniac lying in wait on wasteland only yards from her home in the Porthill district of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Her body, fully clothed, revealing terrible head injuries, and severely mutilated, was found the morning after she was murdered, on Friday, June 28th, 1946.