Jim Attfield and Nahid Al-Manea murders "almost certainly linked" according to leading criminologist

Halstead Gazette: Jim Attfield and Nahid Al-Manea murders "almost certainly linked" according to leading criminologist Jim Attfield and Nahid Al-Manea murders "almost certainly linked" according to leading criminologist

A LEADING criminologist says the murders of Jim Attfield and Nahid Al-Manea are “almost certainly linked”.

In an interview with The Gazette, Prof David Wilson said both victims were “overkilled” in the attacks, which means they were stabbed more times than was needed to kill them.

Jim was fatally wounded after being stabbed 102 times near to Lower Castle Park, in Colchester, in March.

Saudi student Nahid was found fatally wounded on the Salary Brook Trail at 10.40am on Tuesday, having been stabbed 16 times.

Prof Wilson, who works for Birmingham City University, also said the perpetrator would not stop until they were caught and he urged residents to follow Essex Police advice not to walk alone is secluded places.

Prof Wilson said: “In my experience of people who kill in this way, they do not stop until they are caught.”

He added the perpetrator is most likely a local man who is known to mental health authorities in the area: “Everything points to the fact the man lives locally.

“He has to have somewhere to return to having completed the murder.

“He would need to wash his clothes or discard the clothes.”

Prof Wilson added: “Understanding more to the James Attfield murder is central to bringing this perpetrator to justice.”

Essex Police have stressed they are not linking the murders, but are conducting the separate investigations "in parallel".

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW, SEE MONDAY'S GAZETTE

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9:47pm Sat 21 Jun 14

JohnStang says...

Mr. Wilson sometimes is called Captain Obvious.
Mr. Wilson sometimes is called Captain Obvious. JohnStang
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10:25pm Sat 21 Jun 14

hayleyjadesmith says...

why do some people have no respect..
why do some people have no respect.. hayleyjadesmith
  • Score: 8

9:39pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Nom De Plume says...

Wilson is one of the top consultants in the country in this field.
The Police seem to have a difficult time digesting this fact.
The press releases are all over the place.
One minute a 19 year old had been arrested,
The next we are looking for a mediterranean in a Italian designer jacket?
Its clearly obvious these cases between Jim and this lady are linked.
The DNA at the scenes should give this away or give some indication.
The Police are collating an intelligence game, between the members of the public and the press, they cannot give away too much, but they have got to get te balance right.
We as the public who are trying to help out don't know whether we are coming or going with the news reports.
Wilson is one of the top consultants in the country in this field. The Police seem to have a difficult time digesting this fact. The press releases are all over the place. One minute a 19 year old had been arrested, The next we are looking for a mediterranean in a Italian designer jacket? Its clearly obvious these cases between Jim and this lady are linked. The DNA at the scenes should give this away or give some indication. The Police are collating an intelligence game, between the members of the public and the press, they cannot give away too much, but they have got to get te balance right. We as the public who are trying to help out don't know whether we are coming or going with the news reports. Nom De Plume
  • Score: 19

10:14pm Sun 22 Jun 14

JohnStang says...

Nom De Plume wrote:
Wilson is one of the top consultants in the country in this field.
The Police seem to have a difficult time digesting this fact.
The press releases are all over the place.
One minute a 19 year old had been arrested,
The next we are looking for a mediterranean in a Italian designer jacket?
Its clearly obvious these cases between Jim and this lady are linked.
The DNA at the scenes should give this away or give some indication.
The Police are collating an intelligence game, between the members of the public and the press, they cannot give away too much, but they have got to get te balance right.
We as the public who are trying to help out don't know whether we are coming or going with the news reports.
Exactly.....
[quote][p][bold]Nom De Plume[/bold] wrote: Wilson is one of the top consultants in the country in this field. The Police seem to have a difficult time digesting this fact. The press releases are all over the place. One minute a 19 year old had been arrested, The next we are looking for a mediterranean in a Italian designer jacket? Its clearly obvious these cases between Jim and this lady are linked. The DNA at the scenes should give this away or give some indication. The Police are collating an intelligence game, between the members of the public and the press, they cannot give away too much, but they have got to get te balance right. We as the public who are trying to help out don't know whether we are coming or going with the news reports.[/p][/quote]Exactly..... JohnStang
  • Score: 3

9:20am Tue 24 Jun 14

romantic says...

Nom De Plume wrote:
Wilson is one of the top consultants in the country in this field.
The Police seem to have a difficult time digesting this fact.
The press releases are all over the place.
One minute a 19 year old had been arrested,
The next we are looking for a mediterranean in a Italian designer jacket?
Its clearly obvious these cases between Jim and this lady are linked.
The DNA at the scenes should give this away or give some indication.
The Police are collating an intelligence game, between the members of the public and the press, they cannot give away too much, but they have got to get te balance right.
We as the public who are trying to help out don't know whether we are coming or going with the news reports.
In a way, I hope it is just one person, because the idea of two random maniacs running around is too much to handle. But when you says it is "clearly obvious", well, it's not certain. The police are not psychic and can only deal with actual evidence. The jacket does seem to be a possible link. I had a look at the 7 people on the CCTV images from March, and you can sort of see that one of them might have a similar jacket, but it's far from certain. The mind does have a tendency to search for similarities, and the images are far from clear.

It seems clear that whoever this is, they are quite deliberately making sure there is no weapon left lying around in bushes etc, meaning it is pre-meditated. DNA at the scenes is only useful if there is any there. If and when a weapon is found, maybe something will be on there, but first we need to find the weapon. The fact that he feels confident enough to do this in broad daylight now means it is urgent we get this guy caught.

You are right that the police cannot give away too much, but also they cannot automatically assume that these cases are linked. Evidence is the key. Assumption is the mother of all f***-ups.

Somebody somewhere in Colchester will know a friend / son / brother who has a jacket like this one. That person has to be fairly local to know these back-routes, and quite possibly also know where the CCTV cameras are. I assume that the police will be checking any CCTV images from the area, as this guy must have passed somewhere near one on the way to Salary Brook.
[quote][p][bold]Nom De Plume[/bold] wrote: Wilson is one of the top consultants in the country in this field. The Police seem to have a difficult time digesting this fact. The press releases are all over the place. One minute a 19 year old had been arrested, The next we are looking for a mediterranean in a Italian designer jacket? Its clearly obvious these cases between Jim and this lady are linked. The DNA at the scenes should give this away or give some indication. The Police are collating an intelligence game, between the members of the public and the press, they cannot give away too much, but they have got to get te balance right. We as the public who are trying to help out don't know whether we are coming or going with the news reports.[/p][/quote]In a way, I hope it is just one person, because the idea of two random maniacs running around is too much to handle. But when you says it is "clearly obvious", well, it's not certain. The police are not psychic and can only deal with actual evidence. The jacket does seem to be a possible link. I had a look at the 7 people on the CCTV images from March, and you can sort of see that one of them might have a similar jacket, but it's far from certain. The mind does have a tendency to search for similarities, and the images are far from clear. It seems clear that whoever this is, they are quite deliberately making sure there is no weapon left lying around in bushes etc, meaning it is pre-meditated. DNA at the scenes is only useful if there is any there. If and when a weapon is found, maybe something will be on there, but first we need to find the weapon. The fact that he feels confident enough to do this in broad daylight now means it is urgent we get this guy caught. You are right that the police cannot give away too much, but also they cannot automatically assume that these cases are linked. Evidence is the key. Assumption is the mother of all f***-ups. Somebody somewhere in Colchester will know a friend / son / brother who has a jacket like this one. That person has to be fairly local to know these back-routes, and quite possibly also know where the CCTV cameras are. I assume that the police will be checking any CCTV images from the area, as this guy must have passed somewhere near one on the way to Salary Brook. romantic
  • Score: 3

8:04am Fri 27 Jun 14

Misty4 says...

Nom De Plume wrote:
Wilson is one of the top consultants in the country in this field.
The Police seem to have a difficult time digesting this fact.
The press releases are all over the place.
One minute a 19 year old had been arrested,
The next we are looking for a mediterranean in a Italian designer jacket?
Its clearly obvious these cases between Jim and this lady are linked.
The DNA at the scenes should give this away or give some indication.
The Police are collating an intelligence game, between the members of the public and the press, they cannot give away too much, but they have got to get te balance right.
We as the public who are trying to help out don't know whether we are coming or going with the news reports.
It is not 'clearly obvious' that these cases are linked. Yes, they could be - but then again, they might not be. Serial killers tend to concentrate on the same type of victim, whether it be prostitutes, young boys, elderly people and so on. Both victims were stabbed, yes, but given that a sharp implement is the most common murder weapon in this country, this is not surprising.
[quote][p][bold]Nom De Plume[/bold] wrote: Wilson is one of the top consultants in the country in this field. The Police seem to have a difficult time digesting this fact. The press releases are all over the place. One minute a 19 year old had been arrested, The next we are looking for a mediterranean in a Italian designer jacket? Its clearly obvious these cases between Jim and this lady are linked. The DNA at the scenes should give this away or give some indication. The Police are collating an intelligence game, between the members of the public and the press, they cannot give away too much, but they have got to get te balance right. We as the public who are trying to help out don't know whether we are coming or going with the news reports.[/p][/quote]It is not 'clearly obvious' that these cases are linked. Yes, they could be - but then again, they might not be. Serial killers tend to concentrate on the same type of victim, whether it be prostitutes, young boys, elderly people and so on. Both victims were stabbed, yes, but given that a sharp implement is the most common murder weapon in this country, this is not surprising. Misty4
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