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
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.