The rapist-killer who lurks in ambush for homecoming working girls is surely the personification of evil. Such a killer was waiting for Wendy Knell, 25, when shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, JUNE 22nd, 1987, she said goodnight to her boyfriend and went to her flat in Guildford Road, Tunbridge Wells.

Next day she didn’t turn up at her job at the Supasnaps store. Her boyfriend, alerted by the staff, went to the flat, climbed through an open window and found her body on her bed. She had been beaten about the head, sexually assaulted and strangled.

Kent Police linked the case to the killing later that year of Caroline Pierce, 20, who was taken to her flat by taxi on the night of November 24th. She too failed to turn up for work next day at Buster Brown’s restaurant in Camden Road, London. Her body was found three weeks later in a field in St. Mary in the Marsh, some 40 miles from Tunbridge Wells.

One clue was that both girls had distinctive key rings, both of which were taken by their killer.