Unnamed killer in cold case Nov 2, 2020 21:59:15 GMT
Post by liferreilly on Nov 2, 2020 21:59:15 GMT
I've been recently looking at murders and cold cases from around fifty years ago.
I'd read about the Rita Sawyer murder in 1970, a few years back, but just recently stumbled across it again.
In a cold case review, the killer was identified in 1999. Almost thirty years after the murder.
Yet the police have not revealed the name of the killer, who died in 1998. A quote from the below link:
Detective Superintendent Steve Hussey said: "The man who murdered Rita Sawyer 29 years ago
leaves behind him a partner, children who are now fully grown up, and siblings, who were not aware
of his involvement in this crime. It would be unfair on these people to publicly denounce the man
so many years later, particularly given the fact that we now know that they too suffered traumatic
experiences at his hands."
"I can also say the murderer was in no way connected to Rita Sawyer's family and to disclose his identity
would serve no useful purpose"
I was just wondering if anyone knows any more details about this case? (not asking for the killer's name!)
I just find it strange, that it has been kept a secret. While I have a lot of sympathy for the killer's family
- They too are victims in a lot of cases - I don't agree with his name not being revealed.
"To disclose his identity would serve no useful purpose"
I find that statement hard to believe. (Let's call the killer Joe Bloggs) If it was revealed JB was the killer.
there is a possibility, people from his past could come forward with new information/leads/connections etc.
Rita was found in a field, the police theory at the time was that she'd accepted a lift in a car. Looking at the unsolved
murders list from 1970, there are another two cases of young women who accepted a lift and were found in fields.
Not making any connections here. Just found the secrecy baffling. Is it common for the police to do this? (keeping identities secret?)
Hardly transparent policing.