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John Edward ALLEN





Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Rivalry
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: June 19, 1937
Date of arrest: 3 days after (surrenders)
Date of birth: 1911
Victim profile: Kathleen Diana Lucy (female, 17-month-old)
Method of murder: Strangulation with a clothes line
Location: Fullbrook, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Status: Found guilty but insane on 6th November 1937. Released on 18th September 1951

In 1937, Allen was a 25-year-old assistant chef working at the Lamb Hotel in Burford, Oxfordshire. He had been befriended by the Woodward family and often used to take their 17-month-old daughter, Kathleen Diana Lucy, for a walk.

He took her for such a walk on 21st October but he strangled the child with a clothes line and dumped the body at the side of a road. He was arrested a couple of days later when he surrendered to police.

On 6th November 1937 he was found guilty but insane and was sent to Broadmoor. Ten years later he escaped from Broadmoor dressed as a cleric. He stayed at large for two years and was dubbed by the press as 'The Mad Parson.' After his recpture he was returned to Braodmoor. He was released on 18th September 1951.



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