Serial killers, cannibals, police killers and arsonists of the last century

Peter Bryan

Richard Fielding

The infamous Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe

Harry Roberts

Matthew Quesada

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A list has been compiled of ten notorious killers of Waltham Forest in the last 50 years. 

Some of the unspeakable crimes have left a stain on many communities with special services commemorating the victims' still taking place today.

The crimes listed were either committed by residents of Waltham Forest or were carried out in the borough, or both. 

The majority of them are stil alive today and locked away from society. 

1. Cop killer Nicholas Vernage is possibly one of the most notorious serial killers of the 20th century.

During the month of November 1991, he stabbed to death three people including Chingford policeman Sergeant Alan King, Vernage's 21 year-old girlfriend Lorna Bogle, and cab driver Javaid Iqbal. 

Sgt King died on duty on November 29 1991 when he confronted Vernage during a burglary in Higham Hill Road, Walthamstow.  He was sentenced in 1992 to five life sentences.

2. Schizophrenic cannibal Peter Bryan was jailed for the rest of his natural living life at the age of 34 in 2005 after pleading guilty to two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

In 1993, he beat 20-year-old shop worker Nisha Sheth to death in her family’s store in Chelsea.

By 2001, he was freed following a health tribunal but three years later, he then went on to kill his friend Brian Cherry at his Walthamstow flat.

After killing Mr Cherry, he sawed off his arms and left leg and was found by police cooking part of his victim’s brain.

While on remand, he stangled fellow patient Richard Loudwell at Broadmoor special hospital in 2004.

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3. Richard Fielding of Walthamstow was an arsonist killer responsible for wiping out four generations within the same family.

On March 6 1999, Fielding set alight to the family home of his school friend Lee Day in Bellamy Road, Chingford, after holding a grudge against Mr Day after accusing him of ruining his chances of a successful  career.

The blaze killed Mr Day, his grandmother, mother, young twin daughters and son and his girlfriend.

Mr Day's father was the only family member to escape the fire after being rescued by  neighbours.

The mentally ill unemployed disc jockey was sentenced in 2000 to indefinite stay at Rampton Hospital after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. 

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4. Harry Roberts from Wanstead is one of Britain’s most notorious police killers and longest serving prison inmates. 

In 1966, he was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for the Shepherd Bush murders in which three police officers were shot dead, two by him and the third by his accomplice. 

Roberts feared officers approaching his van would find a stock of firearms he had in possession so he opened fire on the officers. 

Following the massacre, he hid out in Epping Forest and the surrounding areas for three months before being captured in a barn near Bishop's Stortford. 

His parent’s ran The George pub in Wanstead High Street. He is still alive today and remains behind bars.

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5. East End gangster twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray were infamous for organised crime in London in the 1950s and 60s. 

The Hoxton-born criminals formed the gang 'The Firm' who were involved in armed robberies, assault, racketeering and among many other things, the murders of Jack "The Hat" McVitie in 1967 in Stoke Newington, and George Cornell in 1966 at a pub in Whitechapel. 

Their mother Violet Kray lived in Morley Avenue, Highams Park, and is buried alongside both her sons at Chingford Mount Cemetary.   

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6. Yardie Bryan McLeish of Birmingham ruthlessly tortured and executed two gang members for double-crossing him on a drugs deal. 

Godfrey Owen Scott, 35, and Ray Samuels, 32 were murdered within one day of each other in June 2001 after they tried to get their hands on £20,000 of smuggled cocaine from Jamaica. 

Scott was shot dead on the doorstep of his girlfriend's home in Hainault Road, Leytonstone, and was found with a single 9mm bullet in the neck.

The next day, Samuels was trussed up and scalded with boiling water, and finally suffocated. His body was found dumped in Rangers Road, Chingford. 

7. Mario Celaire of Sydenham brutally killed his girlfriend and attempted to murder a second woman from Walthamstow. 

He was the first person in the UK to be tried for the same serious crime twice under the double jeopardy law and was jailed for life in 2009. 

Celaire admitted punching Cassandra McDermott of Norbury unconscious following an argument and leaving her to choke on her own vomit.

His former girlfriend Kara Hotye of Green Pond Close, Walthamstow, was found unconscious at a flat in February 2007 after being repeatedly smashed in the head with a hammer by Celaire.

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8. Matthew Quesada stabbed a grandfather to death inside a Leyton cafe when asked if his three year-old daughter was OK.

In 2012, Quesada was ordered to serve a minimum of 26 years for the murder of 63-year-old Alan Smith at the Roma Cafe in Lea Bridge Road in March 2011. 

Mr Smith, of Hibbert Road, Walthamstow, was stabbed five times after he asked Quesada whether his daughter, who was crying, was "all right" while they were both in the BB cafe nearby.

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9. Senseless killers Kevin Adu Marcet and Paul Benfield of Leytonstone and Jordan of Greenford murdered 14 year-old Paul Erahon with a seven-inch sword in Leytonstone in April 2007.

The teenagers aged 15, 17 and 16 at the time, were jailed for life at the Old Bailey in May 2008. 

Adu Marcet and Benfield were also found guilty of the attempted murder of Paul's 15-year-old friend who was stabbed five times.

Paul and his friend were attacked by the gang  of six youths in the foyer of Gean Court in Langthorne Road in Leytonstone whereby Paul was stabbed through the heart with a seven-inch sword.

He tried to stagger to his Buttermere Close home and was found bleeding to death by his parents near his home.

10. The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe has been implicated in the unsolved murders of seven women from London.

 In November  2013, the Guardian reported a story regarding the investigative work carried out by a retired police constable.

Chris Clark believes seven unsolved murders of women from London could have been victims of the Yorkshire Ripper.

Two of the victims were from Woodford Green and Leyton.

Pregnant mother-of-two Lynda Farrow, 30, was killed at her home in Whitehall Road on January 19 1979.

Ms Farrow had been stabbed repeatedly and her head severed.

Eve Stratford, 22, a German-born glamour model, was found dead on March 18 1975 in her flat in Lyndhurst Drive, Leyton.

Miss Stratford was stabbed to death and found bound, gagged and partially clothed.

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10:56am Sun 15 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

What a horrible, depressing article for a Sunday, and Father's Day at that.

I hope none of the victims fathers still alive will have their day ruined and be traumatised. Tenuous connections as well in many cases and suppositions.
What a horrible, depressing article for a Sunday, and Father's Day at that. I hope none of the victims fathers still alive will have their day ruined and be traumatised. Tenuous connections as well in many cases and suppositions. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 25

11:06am Sun 15 Jun 14

Karlee says...

This reads like it's a roll call for some all-star academy- very odd. Some of these murders are still very fresh.
This reads like it's a roll call for some all-star academy- very odd. Some of these murders are still very fresh. Karlee
  • Score: 16

11:12am Sun 15 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Karlee wrote:
This reads like it's a roll call for some all-star academy- very odd. Some of these murders are still very fresh.
Yes, hardly 'last century' most within last 30 years or much less. Bizarre.
[quote][p][bold]Karlee[/bold] wrote: This reads like it's a roll call for some all-star academy- very odd. Some of these murders are still very fresh.[/p][/quote]Yes, hardly 'last century' most within last 30 years or much less. Bizarre. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 15

1:53pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Shouldn't that read; killers IN Waltham Forest? Few seem to have originated in the borough. Not only inaccurate, but as Villagecranberry said, not exactly suitable for Fathers Day. A little more thought and decorum, Natalie; otherwise, an interesting and sensational article.
Shouldn't that read; killers IN Waltham Forest? Few seem to have originated in the borough. Not only inaccurate, but as Villagecranberry said, not exactly suitable for Fathers Day. A little more thought and decorum, Natalie; otherwise, an interesting and sensational article. Thunderbird4
  • Score: -6

5:57pm Sun 15 Jun 14

ruby newbie says...

ran out of news today then ?????????????
ran out of news today then ????????????? ruby newbie
  • Score: 20

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