Nickell and jogger murder 'link'

DETECTIVES are investigating a possible link between the murder of former Colchester schoolgirl Rachel Nickell 11 years ago and the killing of a jogger in London earlier this year.

DETECTIVES are investigating a possible link between the murder of former Colchester schoolgirl Rachel Nickell 11 years ago and the killing of a jogger in London earlier this year.

Metropolitan police officers are exploring similarities between the murder of Ms Nickell in July1992 and that of American artist Margaret Muller, who was killed in February this year.

Both victims were young women, stabbed to death in early morning frenzied attacks in London parks and detectives think the murders could have been carried out by the same man and investigating both killings in tandem.

Ms Nickell, 23, grew up in Beacon Hill, Great Totham, and went to Colchester County High School for Girls and Colchester Institute.


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The part-time model was stabbed to death in front of her two-year-old son on Wimbledon Common. She had 49 knife wounds.

Colin Stagg was prosecuted for her murder but cleared of the crime in 1994, after evidence against him was ruled inadmissible and the killing remains unsolved.

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Miss Muller, 27, who studied art at the Slade School of Fine art in London was stabbed in the body and neck when she was jogging in Victoria Park, Hackney, East London, on February 3.

Her body was found early in the morning on a path after other joggers and cyclists heard screams. Police believe she may have been killed at random by a total stranger.

Det Chief Supt Jon Shatford, who is leading the hunt for Miss Muller's killer, said officers are working closely with those reviewing the Nickell case.

In particular, they are focusing on the list of people known to have been on Wimbledon Common when Ms Nickell was killed, to see if any now live in the vicinity of Victoria Park.

Mr Shatford said: "It would be remiss of us not to consider whether the person who killed Ms Nickell has moved to East London.

"This is one of many lines of inquiry we are conducting to clear the ground beneath our feet to enable us to move forward."

The Nickell case is one of several murders being reviewed using modern scientific and forensic technology, with officers hoping to isolate her murderer's DNA.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the two investigations are being linked.

He added: "It's an exploration of all avenues in relation to both crimes.

"We can confirm that an important part of the review of the Nickell case, as with all cases, is the application of the latest forensic technology."

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