The Me­lanie Co­in­ci­dence

Real Crime - - Unsolved Case -

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.

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