Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Twist in Thames Torso Death

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Twist in Thames Torso Death

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Byline: PATRICK SAWYER

THE chief suspect in a murder committed 33 years ago is being hunted by police investigating the ritual killing of a boy whose body was found in the Thames.

The headless torso of a black baby girl was found hidden in bushes in Epping Forest in 1969. Her father quickly became the chief suspect, but fled the country before he could be arrested.

Scotland Yard now believes the murder may have been the earliest case of such a ritual killing in Britain and could be linked to the current inquiry.

Police have been increasingly frustrated in their hunt for the killers of an unidentified African boy whose body was discovered near Tower Bridge on 21 September last year. His head and limbs had been cut off.

Detectives believe he was kidnapped in Africa and smuggled into the country for a ritualistic killing.

The father in the 1969 case, who is from north-west Africa, is alleged to have cut off his daughter's head, legs and arms during a ritual to bring him good luck. …

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