The Melanie Coincidence
The parallels are grimly spooky. On 9 June, a young woman was murdered on the streets of Bath. Her name was Melanie. But she’s not Melanie Hall. It happened 12 years earlier, in 1984. Melanie Road, who was 17, walked home and was stabbed in a frenzied attack. Her killer fled into the night. He left his blood at the scene, but police were not able to trace whose it was.
Then, in 1996, on the same date, Melanie Hall vanished. This time there were no signs of a struggle, no body found. Could the dates and the Christian names of the victims be more than an awful coincidence?
In 2016, police reviewing Melanie Road’s case arrested Bristol decorator Christopher Hampton after using new familial DNA techniques. He later pleaded guilty. Detectives maintain he was not responsible for Melanie Hall’s killing.