October 1949, Raven along with his in-laws went to
visit his wife, and 4 day old son, in a maternity home
in Muswell Hill, North London.
visit Raven gave his father-in-law and mother-in-law a
lift home. Once there he beat them to death.
Goodman aged 49, and his wife Esther, aged 47, were
successful and respected Russian Jews, running several
businesses in Edgware North London.
9:55pm that evening Leopold's business partner Frederick
Freeman and his wife visited the house in Ashcombe
Gardens, Edgware, to hear news about the new grandson, getting no
response Fred saw an open window and on climbing through
found the two mutilated bodies.
telephoned Raven and asked him to come to the house, he
quickly changed out of his bloodstained clothes, put on
a clean suit and headed o t house.
curious that despite the late hour Raven was wearing a
crisp clean shirt, they made enquiries and discovered
that these were not the same clothes he had been wearing
earlier in the evening. They searched his home in
Edgewarebury Lane, north London, and found a
bloodstained blue suit. they also found recently cleaned
shoes with traces of blood hidden in the garage, and his
car also had traces of blood that he had tried to clean
22nd November 1949, Raven stood trial for double
murder at the Old Bailey in London. His defence was that
he had called at the house and got no reply and like
Fred Freeman had climbed in the window. He knelt to see
if they were dead, and then ran away in fright.
his conviction, but the death sentence was upheld.
January 1950, Raven was hanged at Pentonville Prison
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