Stabbed 37 times

A long- stand­ing Sun­der­land cold case, the mur­der of a seven- yearold girl wa s also linked to the lo­cal se­rial killer

Real Crime - - The Sunderland Strangler -

With the Sun­der­land Stran­gler fac­ing the very real prob­a­bil­ity of serv­ing his whole life be­hind bars, po­lice felt he might still be hold­ing onto some se­crets – just as he had done with Si­mon’s mur­der for two decades.

In 2014, po­lice ques­tioned him over the un­solved mur­der of seven- year- old Nikki Allan. Nikki had gone miss­ing as she walked home after vis­it­ing her grand­par­ents in Sun­der­land’s Wear Garth on 7 Oc­to­ber 1992 just after 8.30pm. More than 100 res­i­dents vig­i­lantly looked for her. Her shoes were found out­side a derelict Quay­side Ex­change build­ing a few hun­dred me­tres from where she was last seen. Then, the tiny girl’s bat­tered body was found ly­ing in a pool of blood. Her killer had stabbed her 37 times. A post- mortem showed she had also suf­fered ex­ten­sive blunt force trauma to her head.

Like Grieve­son’s vic­tims, Nikki’s body had been found in a dis­used ware­house in the same area and she had been beaten be­fore death. Her mur­der had also oc­curred in the three- year gap be­tween Grieve­son’s first and sec­ond mur­ders. De­spite sim­i­lar­i­ties in Nikki’s case to that of the Sun­der­land Stran­gler’s first mur­der, po­lice re­ported that the se­rial killer faced no fur­ther ac­tion.

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