Author ‘solves’ Hammersmith Nudes murder riddle


WEST London was gripped by a serial killer’s prostitute killing spree in the 1960s. The killer was never caught but one Welsh author is convinced his new book on the infamous Hammersmith Nudes Murders will blow the case wide open.

Bodies of prostitutes scatter the London streets. Their killer evades capture.

But this was not the Victorian streets of Whitechapel and the murderous spree of Jack the Ripper.

It was the Swinging Sixties, a time of peace and love, and the streets of Hammersmith.

Between 1959 and 1965 a total of eight woman were found murdered in the borough and in neighbouring Chiswick and Brentford.

The sex-worker slaying was dubbed the Hammersmith Nudes Murders because each victim was found naked except for stockings and dumped in areas around London or in the River Thames.

The imaginative nickname given to the unknown serial killer was Jack the Stripper.

It stumped police officers investigating the case, led by Chief Superintendent John Du Rose, who interviewed almost 7,000 suspects in a desperate bid to catch the culprit.

The finger of suspicion for the murders was pointed firmly at security guard Mungo Ireland, who worked on the Heron Trading Estate, in Ealing, where final victim Bridget O’Hara was found in 1965.

Former British boxing heavyweight champion Freddie Mills has also been named as a potential suspect for the horrific crimes but no-one was ever charged with the offences.

Ireland committed suicide in March 1965 under the pressure of suspicion while Mills was shot in the head in his car in July 1965 and the death of both suspects led police to close the book on the case.

But Welsh author Neil Milkins, of Roseheyworth, Abertillery, believes his upcoming book ‘Who is Jack the Stripper?’ will finally clear both men of the crimes.

The former tree-felling contractor has been working on his manuscript since injury forced him to call time on his career in 2006.

And Mr Milkins believes it is Welsh child killer Harold Jones, who was living in Fulham at the time of the murders, who was the infamous serial killer.

Jones was jailed for 20 years in the 1920s after murdering an eight and 11-year-old when he was just 15.

After his release he moved to Fulham and that is when Mr Milkins believes he began his reign of terror.

He said: “I became interested in the Hammersmith Nudes case when writing a book about Harold Jones’ child murders.

“The more I looked into it, the more I am convinced he was Jack the Stripper. We know he was living in Hestercombe Avenue as Harry Stevens until 1962. The next record is from 1965 when he was living in Aldensley Road as Harry Jones.

“It is certain that a psychopath with the capability of committing callous crimes and covering them up was around the area.

“I am hoping my book will finally give the Mills and Ireland family some peace and finally allow their dead relatives to rest in peace.”

The book will reveal all and is set to be published in April to coincide with a one hour documentary to be screened on the Crime & Investigation Channel and hosted by presenter Fred Dineage and top criminologist Professor David Wilson.

“It will be great to finally see the book out there,” said Mr Milkins. “I think it will finally lay the mystery to rest. Harold Jones had a form of cancer which I think stopped his murdering spree and he may have also realised how lucky he was that the case was closed.”

Mr Milkins is hoping to trace relatives of Andrew Chin Guan Ho in a bid to track down some archive photographs for his final manuscript.

Actor Mr Ho co-owned Nite Spot, in Charing Cross Road, with Mills in the 1960s.

If you can help call Mr Milkins on 01495 213744 or 07989 555376. You can also email n.milkin@sky.com.

TIMELINE

Elizabeth Figg, 21, found near River Thames in Chiswick on June 17, 1959.

Gwynneth Rees, 22, dumped in rubbish tip November 8, 1963.

Hannah Tailford, 30, found on February 2, 1964 near Hammersmith Bridge. Stangled with underwear forced down her throat.

Irene Lockwood, 26, found on April 8, 1964 on the shore of the Thames.

Helen Barthelemy, 22, found on April 24, 1964, in an alleyway in Brentford.

Mary Fleming, 30, July 14, 1964, discovered in Chiswick.

Frances Brown, 21, found in Kensington in November 25, 1964.

Bridget O’Hara, 28, found in Heron Trading Estate in Ealing in January 1965.

Read More http://www.fulhamchronicle.co.uk/fulham-and-hammersmith-news/local-fulham-and-hammersmith-news/2010/11/10/author-solves-hammersmith-nudes-murder-riddle-82029-27633093/#ixzz15FVTAHIV

I’ll have to read more.

    • lesleylulu
    • January 3rd, 2011

    Miss.E Figg was my auntie,i have just learned how she died,lets not judge people and remember she was my auntie and she had a good mother,and sisters and friends,rest now elisabeth,always in my mind.

    • I am sorry for your loss. I have aways felt that people forget that there are many more victims of serial killers than just the people whose lives are actually lost.
      I also want you to know that I am not judging any victim.
      My sympathies to you and you family.

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