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Four decades on, police launch fresh appeal for information about murder

Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan

Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan

Published: 6 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

POLICE have launched a fresh appeal for information about the murder of a young woman in Maida Vale more than 40 years on.

On November 12 1972 Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan, 22, was beaten, raped and strangled to death with a stocking in her flat in Randolph Avenue. Her body was found several days later. 

Despite extensive investigation, the case has never been solved and no suspect has been found. 

Detective Inspector Susan Stansfield, from the Met’s special casework investigation team at the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “More than 44 years have now passed since Amala’s death but I am convinced that someone, somewhere, knows the circumstances of her brutal murder. Did you live in the vicinity of Randolph Avenue in the early 1970s? Did you see or hear anything suspicious on November 12 1972?”

Detectives believe the crime was committed by someone she knew or that she had allowed the killer into her flat as there was no sign of forced entry. The word “ripper” had been sprayed on the wall in her front room with detergent, police said. 

They are now keen to speak to anyone who lived in the area at the time who may have infor­mation, as well as any of Ms Whelan’s friends or relatives. She has a younger sister who would now be around 56 years old. The victim had only lived in Ran­dolph Avenue for about three weeks, previ­ously lodging and work­ing at The Bar Lotus in Regent’s Park Road in Camden.

DI Stansfield added: “Amala suffered a brutal death and the identity of the suspect has remained a mystery. She was a very popular and attractive female who had a wide social network of friends.” 

An active member of CND, she had numer­ous friends in the art world.

“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, please come forward. Maybe you didn’t contact police at the time as you were too scared but with the passage of time now feel able to tell us what you know in confidence,” said DI Stansfield.

• Call 020 7230 4294 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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