Police launch fresh appeal for info over unsolved brutal 1972 murder case

Police have launched a fresh appeal for information after a woman was murdered in Maida Vale over 40 years ago.

Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan was murdered in her flat in Randolph Avenue, near,  on 12th November 1972.

She had been “brutally beaten, raped and strangled to death with a stocking. Her body was found several days later,” said police.

“When officers entered the property, they discovered the word ‘ripper’ had been sprayed onto the front room wall with detergent from a washing up liquid bottle.

“There was no sign of forced entry, leading detectives to believe that Amala either knew her assailant or had allowed him access to the flat,” they added.

The case was never solved.

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.

“It was a long time ago but I’m sure there are people in the local area who remember Amala’s murder.

“Did you live in the vicinity of Randolph Avenue in the early 1970s? Did you see or hear anything suspicious on 12 November 1972?”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 020 7230 4294 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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