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John Cannan

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October 1987


Shirley Banks

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8th October 1987, Shirley was hit over the head with a large stone.

29th October 1987, Cannan was caught when he tried to rob a petrol station. When he was arrested, the police found the tax disc from Shirley's car in his glove box.

Shirley's body was only found on Easter Day in 1988 - it had been dumped in a ditch called Dead Woman's Ditch. She was badly decomposed, but her thumbprint was intact. When Cannan's house was checked for fingerprints, a match to Shirley's thumbprint was found.




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