Killed by a stranger
Twin Anne Cook was stabbed to death while walking her dog…
Back in May 2000, police in Watford were approached by a shocked dog walker who said he’d found the body of a woman in a local park.
The body was that of 35year-old Anne Cook, who’d been out walking her King Charles spaniel when she’d been stabbed several times.
‘It was a violent act,’ says Inspector Anthony Munday. ‘There was lots of blood – it was quite a shocking scene.’
This week’s Murdertown tells how Anne’s devastated twin sister Susan made a plea for information and many witnesses came forward saying they’d seen a man in a blood-stained vest running from the scene.
‘For this kind of crime to have happened on people’s doorsteps sent shockwaves through the community,’ says local reporter Martin McGlown.
Soon police found the murder weapon close to the M1 and located Leon Amos, who’d served time for rape and attempted rape. Amos’ blood was found on the knife and he was arrested several days later.
Eventually, in 2001, Amos was found guilty of murder. But for Anne’s parents and sister, the pain will never go.
‘One can only imagine what it must be like for
Susan,’ says Martin. ‘Every time she looks in the mirror, she’s reminded of the beautiful sister she lost.’
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Brutal death… Anne (right) with twin sister Susan and Anne’s King Charles spaniel
Violent act… Leon Amos was jailed