Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The UK Hammer Murders

Seeking Out Clues

A hammer-wielding maniac attacked yet another blond woman, just days after Amelie was viciously murdered. Sarah Bell reported in The Richmond and Twickenham Times that the 28-year-old victim was hit from behind on the head with a blunt instrument on Hounslow Road in Feltham sometime between 10:15 pm and 10:45 pm on August 23, 2004. Bell further claimed that the woman had no memory of the event, but after regaining consciousness she went home. Two days later, she sought treatment at the hospital for her wounds.

Map with numbered murder locations
Map with numbered murder locations
 

Days later, not far from the most recent attack, a suspicious hammer was found at a recreation ground on Bear Road in Hounslow, Andrew Raine reported in The Richmond and Twickenham Times. Forensic experts examined the tool for fingerprints and any other evidence that might link it to the latest victim, Amelies death or any of the other attacks. Experts didnt know for sure whether   the actual instrument used in the attacks was indeed a hammer, but if it was, it would likely be a flat hammer weighing up to four pounds. The weapon could also have been a bat, crowbar, pipe or some other kind of blunt tool.

Police search the area
Police search the area

In late August 2004, police were seeking out other leads in connection with Amelies murder, which included a three-bedroom bungalow called St. Moritz located in Walton-on-Thames. The search was prompted after someone called into the police tip-line with new information. Ben Taylor and Duncan Gardham reported in The Daily Mail that 60 officers spent three days searching the bungalow, believing that the suspect might have been hiding out in the unused property by sleeping rough.

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