Morgue killer 'is linked to unsolved murder of barmaid in 1986'

Morgue killer ‘is linked to unsolved murder of barmaid in 1986’: Body of woman, 24, was found dumped on wasteland just mile away from where David Fuller grew up

  • Linda Cook was raped before being dumped in Portsmouth wasteland in 1986
  • The case became known as the Cinderella Murder due to a distinctive footprint
  • Fuller also left bloody footprint at the scene of Wendy Knell’s murder in 1987
  • Perverted killer admitted sexually abusing more than 100 corpses at hospital

Morgue killer David Fuller has been ‘linked’ to the 1986 unsolved murder of a barmaid who was found dumped in wasteland just a mile from where he grew up. 

Detectives are investigating whether the warped killer could be responsible for the rape and murder of Linda Cook in Portsmouth 35 years ago.

Fuller, 67, grew up in the city and lived as a convicted burglar just a mile from where the 24-year-old was found dumped in wasteland.

The Cook case became known as the Cinderella Murder because of a distinctive footprint left imprinter on her body with the word ‘Flash’.

Fuller also left a bloody footprint at the scene of Wendy Knell’s killing in 1987 – a year after Ms Cook’s death, reports The Sun.

Linda Cook was killed in Portsmouth in December 1986 in a case that became known as the Cinderella Murder

David Fuller pleaded guilty to murdering Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in two separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells

Michael Shirley pictured leaving the High Court after his conviction for the murder of Linda Cook was overturned on July 3, 2003

The perverted killer pleaded guilty to the 1987 sexual assaults and murders of Ms Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, at Maidstone Crown Court this week.

Fuller also admitted sexually abusing at least 100 corpses while working as an electrician at  Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells. 

During a search of his home last year, police found hard drives, floppy discs and CDs with 14 million images of sex offences – including filming himself committing the heinous acts.

Michael Shirley, then 18, was wrongly convicted of Ms Cook’s murder and spent 15 years in prison before being cleared through DNA evidence in 2003.

Fuller grew up in a terraced house in Angerstein Road, just a mile away from the scene of where she was found in Lake Road.

He lived at the address when he was convicted of 26 counts of burglary in 1973.   

A local police officer is also said to have spotted Fuller’s distinctive trainer marks as he walked past and noticed they matched prints found at one of the scenes. 

Detectives have said they are open to new information on Fuller after he admitted carrying out the Bedsit Murders.

Kent Police has also set up a helpline for distraught relatives who believe their loved ones could have been violated.    

Fuller, 67, admitted killing Wendy Knell, 25, (left) and Caroline Pierce, 20, (right) in 1987 in what became known as the ‘Bedsit Murders’ – one of Britain’s longest unsolved murder cases

A police source said: ‘Police are linking Fuller with unsolved cases in his past and this is one of those. He has very strong links to that area.

‘There’s a lot of clues which point in the right direction.

‘They need to look at every corner because what Fuller has admitted is utterly abhorrent and his offending will not be limited to those two killings. There will be others.’   

Kent Police has formally identified 81 victims in the mortuary, but an investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is urged to get in contact with the force.

Fuller was still working for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust when revolutionary DNA profiling techniques led detectives investigating the historic murders to his home in Heathfield, East Sussex, on December 3 last year. 

Ms Knell’s bloodstained body was found in her flat on June 23, 1987, after Fuller – a convicted burglar – had climbed in through the window, before beating and strangling her to death.

Ms Pierce was abducted from outside her home on November 24 the same year.

Her body, naked apart from a pair of tights, was found in a water-filled dyke near Romney Marsh three weeks later.   

Sentencing was adjourned to a later date.

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