Friday, 18 April 2014

The Unsolved Murder of Becky Hall

This cold case has just undergone a review with an appeal from Bradford Police for any fresh information.  19 year old Becky was found naked and very badly beaten in an alleyway, behind a car park in Thornton Street, right in the heart of the red light district.  Becky had turned to prostitution in order to fund her addiction to heroin.  Police said that she had been subjected to a brutal and sustained beating.  She left her residence in Elizabeth Street in the Little Horton district and presumably headed for Thornton Road, to tout for business.  It was 10pm on Good Friday April 13th 2001.  She was found two weeks later, leading to speculation she had been held somewhere.

    Two years ago, with the ever increasing advances in DNA & forensic techniques, it was hoped that something could have been found on her clothes, found nearby.  The cop in charge, Max McLean, thought that the killer may have been a regular client or that somebody suspects another person.  He appealed for people to come forward and give her family closure.  Serial killer Stephen Griffiths has been approached by Police but has refused to answer any questions.  Two other past incidents are still being investigated.  These are the January 1992 disappearance of Yvonne Fitt, later found bound and gagged in a shallow grave and the 2000 disappearance of Gemma Simpson, 23.  Both were last seen in Bradford.  As ever, if anybody knows anything, they should contact Police regardless of who the person is.  Let us hope these can be resolved.