In 1966, 18-year-old Cheri Jo Bates was attacked after she left Riverside City College Library, California. Her killer had disabled her car and lay in wait for her to return from the library to her car, where he attacked. She was beaten and stabbed with such force she was almost decapitated. One of the main suspects in the murder in the infamous Zodiac Killer.
20-year-old Karina Holmer arrived in Boston from Sweden to work as an au pair. Just a month after she arrived, the top half Karina's dismembered body was discovered in a plastic bag in a trashcan. The bottom half of Karina's body was never discovered and despite an exhaustive search, her killer was never identified.
Danny Croteau was just 13-years-old when he was bludgeoned to death. The main suspect in his murder was a local priest who befriended Danny and his brothers. Following his murder, it would be discovered that the priest had been molesting young boys, including Danny's brother...
In July of 1986, estate agent Suzy Lamplugh vanished after arranging an appointment for a house viewing. In her diary, she had written the name of the person who had booked the viewing: "Mr Kipper." Suzy has never been found and the identity of Mr Kipper remains a mystery.
Ashton is famous for its annual World Conker Championship, as well as a horrific murder that is steeped in the local folklore and still to this day the subject of much speculation and discussion around dinner tables and in local drinking establishments. It was always thought that there may one day be a ‘deathbed confession’, but now that over 67 years have passed this is looking more and more unlikely.