The UK Hammer Murders
In the meantime, the investigation took an unlikely turn when the only known male victim of the hammer attacker was arrested for wasting police time. The police treated the 18-year-old mans story with skepticism after repeated questioning, likely because of inconsistencies concerning the alleged assault. Consequently, the young mans case was no longer linked with the other two attacks, which bore marked similarities to one another.
The 18-year-old man was not the only one to be arrested in connection with the hammer attacks. In fact, several men and a 16-year-old boy were also detained and questioned by police. All of the suspects, with the exception of the 16-year-old, were released on bail. There was simply not enough concrete evidence linking any of them to Marshas murder or the attack on the 17-year-old girl in Strawberry Hill.
Although the teenager was never charged with the attacks, police decided to keep him in custody under the Mental Health Act. Despite an exhaustive investigation and search for the serial offender, police were unable to identify any suspect in relation to the cases. They were concerned that if they didnt find the suspect soon, hed strike again. It didnt take long for their fears to become a reality.