Sig­na­ture Of A Sus­pect

A se­ries of omi­nous let­ters alarmed po­lice and the pub­lic into think­ing that Nicky’s killer was taunt­ing them

Real Crime - - Taken From His Tent -

Be­tween 2005 and the sum­mer of 2006, sev­eral let­ters were dis­cov­ered at the mon­u­ment erected in mem­ory of Nicky where his body was found. The let­ters hinted that the au­thor knew more about Nicky’s mur­der, and that it could po­ten­tially be the per­pe­tra­tor.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the source of the let­ters was car­ried out and in Jan­uary 2007, six months after the last let­ter had been re­ceived, po­lice ar­rested and ques­tioned a 36- yearold on sus­pi­cion of hav­ing writ­ten the let­ters. Two weeks later he was re­leased with­out charge.

The man in ques­tion was suf­fer­ing from psy­chi­atric is­sues that had prompted him to per­form the hoax. While it was thought that after his re­lease he would qui­etly fade into the back­ground, by De­cem­ber he had been ar­rested again for van­dal­is­ing the mon­u­ment, and one month later he re­ceived a three- month prison term for van­dal­ism. He was re­leased and the mon­u­ment was van­dalised again in April 2008. The mon­u­ment then went un­touched for years, but in Au­gust 2013 it was sadly van­dalised once again.

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