Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Please Help to Find My Daughter's Murderer; MOTHER OF STABBED ARTIST TELLS OF HER FEAR THAT THE KILLER WILL STRIKE AGAIN

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Please Help to Find My Daughter's Murderer; MOTHER OF STABBED ARTIST TELLS OF HER FEAR THAT THE KILLER WILL STRIKE AGAIN

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Byline: ANGELA LEVIN;JUSTIN DAVENPORT

THE MOTHER of murdered American artist Margaret Muller has pleaded for help to find the killer of her "beautiful and talented" daughter.

Speaking for the first time since the death of her daughter, who was stabbed in a frenzied attack in a Hackney park, Eileen Muller said she believed the killer would strike again unless someone came forward with information.

"There is no doubt that someone who did that to her will strike again and perhaps kill someone else who is out jogging. The police thought it was a spur-of-the-moment attack," she said.

Six months after the painter's death, Mrs Muller is struggling to understand why anyone would want to kill her daughter. "It is very difficult to find a possible motive," she said. "She really was a beautiful young lady who was very talented and had many friends. She was content and she loved London."

Mrs Muller, speaking from her home in Virginia, added: "When I went over there, I met many of the pupils she had taught. Perhaps the person who killed her didn't like Americans.

I don't know if it was planned."

Detectives believe Margaret, 27, a student at the Slade School of Art, was murdered in a random attack by a stranger, one of the most difficult of cases to solve.

She was stabbed repeatedly as she jogged through the rose garden of Victoria Park early on the morning of Monday 3 February.

Police are still following up possible leads in the hunt for the killer, and the number of officers on the inquiry was recently increased to more than 40.

Three people have been arrested but no one has been charged. Detective Chief Superintendent Jon Shatford, who is leading the hunt, says he is convincedthe killer will be caught but admits it may take time.

Mrs Muller said she had reservations about the rundown industrial estate in Hackney Wick where her daughter had rented a one-bedroom flat in artists' studios. "The last time she came home she showed me a picture of the factory area where she lived. I was worried.

It didn't look to me the sort of area you should be around at night."

She revealed her daughter had been a victim of pickpockets on a number of occasions and had her travelcard stolen in a bar. …

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