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Name:

Alfred Charles Whiteway

AKA:

Tow Path Murders

D.O.B.

1931
Kill Total: 2

Kill date:

31 May 1953

Kill Place:

London

Status:

Married

Occupation:

 

Victim:

Barbara Songhurst
Christine Reed

 


 

Court:

The Old Bailey

Judge:

Mr Justice Hilbery

Prosecution:

 

Defence:

Peter Rawlinson

 


 


 

 

 

FACTFILE

 

31st May 1953, teenage girls Barbara Songhurst, aged 16 and Christine Reed aged 18, had been out on their bicycles, they were seen on the Thames Tow Path at between 11:00 - 11:30pm, they failed to return home to Teddington in Middlesex.

The next morning Barbara's body was found in the river Thames near Richmond, she had been badly beaten, stabbed in the back and raped, five days after Christine's body was also found, she too had been beaten, stabbed and raped. 


At the end of June two women were attacked, and one brutally raped. Alfred Whiteway was arrested for the attacks. During his arrest he had hidden an axe under the seat of the patrol car, this was not found until later when an officer was cleaning the car. It was matched for blood, and Whiteway was then questioned, first he claimed he was with his wife on the night in question, but, when confronted about the axe, and about blood on his shoes, he confessed to the "Tow Path" murders. 


Whiteway was charged with the murders of Barbara Songhurst and Christine Reed.

 

November 1953,  at the trial at the Old Bailey he claimed that he never confessed, his barrister claimed that the confession was a "work of fiction by the police". He was, nevertheless, found guilty.

 

22nd December 1953, he was hanged at Wandsworth Prison by executioner Albert Pierrepoint. 

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