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PostSubject: Dna Clue Will Trap Elaine's Killer   Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:24 pm

Unsolved: Sex Killings... On The Loose For 21 Years.. But Police Have New Hope In Hunt For Sex Strangler

ALOVERS' tiff, that's what he thought. Better to leave the young couple alone. He would regret that decision for the rest of his life.

It was Greenock, 1986 and after midnight. Sixteen-year-old Elaine Doyle had had a great night out with pals at the disco.

But now she had to get home and quick. The last thing she wanted was to worry her parents.

Elaine was a popular girl. She was someone who liked to help others and always made time for people. Such a big heart for someone so young.

She was a jewellers' assistant and liked to dress smart, fashionably. A girly girl.

She enjoyed nothing better than a night out at a disco and that night had been enjoyable.

After the disco closed, she and her pals - teenage boys and girls - went to a hamburger stallmore to hang around and chat than eat. They were typical kids, never wanting the night to end.

Elaine was more considerate than most. She had phoned home telling her parents she would be back by 12.30am. She never broke her word.

Everyone wanted to help Elaine, who they called their guardian angel.

Her pals tried to persuade her to stay and offered her a lift. But waiting for a lift would take too long, so she set off on foot.

Her best pal, Lynn, ran after her and asked to stay over at her place. Elaine refused, fearing it would worry her parents if she stayed out without telling them.

The streets of Greenock after dark can be frightening. But Elaine was well used to her home town. Besides, who would want to hurt her?

Later that night, Elaine's dad realised she hadn't come home. It wasn't like her but he assumed she had stayed over with Lynn.

He phoned Lynn's house. When Elaine wasn't there, dread and fear froze his body.

Out on the street near the Doyles' home, there was some commotion. Looking out, they could see it was the police.

Elaine's mum asked a detective what was going on and he told her a girl's body had been found. She knew the dead girl was her daughter.

The half-naked body was found in a lane only 25 yards from her home in Ardgowan Street. Someone had pounced on her, stripped her, sexually assaulted her and strangled her.

Word spread through Greenock fast. Around the cops' scene of crime barrier, people gathered - young people, tears streaming down their faces. They had just lost a wonderful friend.

Strathclyde Police put out appeals for information from anyone around the scene at that time. That's when the poor bloke came forward.

Just after midnight, near Ardgowan Street, he had seen a young woman with a man walking behind her. They were having angry words.

He had spoken to them, trying to make sure she was OK. He had been told to go away. So he did, thinking it was just a lovers' tiff.

Was that Elaine and her killer? Could he have saved her life? The man would carry the regret for the rest of his life.

Over the next weeks, the cops visited 1300 homes, took more than 3000 statements and spoke to thousands more people. It wasn't getting themanywhere.

In time, they would approach notorious murderers such as Gavin McGuire and serial sex killer Robert Black since he had spent some of his early adulthood in Greenock and might well have come back. Both were ruled out.

Years went by and there was no breakthrough in the investigation. But the cops had a secret or two up their sleeves.

Elaine had not been raped. Stripped and sexually assaulted but not raped.

A certain type of sex killer would behave like that. Maybe a sex killer who was impotent.

The second secret was the most important. Only police and her parents knew that her blue leather bag was missing.

A week after the murder, it mysteriously turned up on the steps of Watt Monument Library. The police didn't want to reveal that since the killer might have left it there.

Or maybe some witness who knew more about the murder. Someone had tried to burn that bag and failed.

But there were secrets in that bag even the killer didn't know about - mysterious red head hairs.

In 1986, head hair was useful in ID parades. The police knew that DNA was being worked on and, at some time in the future, head hairs might identify the only person in the world they could belong to.

So the hairs were kept secret and stored for future use.

What kind of killer takes a trophy from his victim? What kind of killer torments cops by laying the bag out to be found? A very dangerous killer and one who might strike again.

The years ticked by and Elaine's murder remained unsolved. Then in 2006, cops announced they were actively working on the case again.

All the paperwork was being fed into the HOLMES computer used in complex cases these days. It would be a long, painstaking job but it would be worth it.

DNA checks were to be run on everyone who gave statements in 1986. It would take time to track all these people down. But it would be worth it.

The police were openly saying that the murder would be solved in the future. Of course, there are also those few red head hairs in storage.

Back in 1986, one of the biggest gathering of teenagers in Greenock's history took place. It was Elaine Doyle's funeral.

Those grief-wracked young faces have now grown into adulthood without their much-loved friend.

One day soon, they may be able to lay a little of their grief to rest - when they are told who killed their guardian a ngel.
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PostSubject: Re: Dna Clue Will Trap Elaine's Killer   Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:10 pm

I watched a programme about this case last week. I really hope that Elaine's parents find out who did this to their daughter. They have waited so long as it is and they need some peace in their lives.

People who murder like this are all evil.

There is no excuse for killing the vulnerable especially.
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