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 Michael Queripel

 


Name:

Michael Queripel

AKA:

 

D.O.B:

1948
Kill Total: 1

Kill date:

April 1955

Kill Place:

Potters Bar

Status:

 

Occupation:

Clerk
Victim: Elizabeth Currell

D.O.B:

1902

 


Court:

The Old Bailey
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External References

 

The New Murderers Whos Who

by Gaute and Odell

Famous Stories Of The Murder Squad

by Leonard Gribble 1966

 

Great Detective Exploits

by Leonard Gribble 1958

Crime Doctor

by David A Matthews 1959

A Case For The Yard

by Willam Rawlings 1961

 

FACTFILE

29th April 1955, At dawn the  body of Mrs Elizabeth Currell was found in the rough near the 17th tee on Potters Bar Golf Course.

Mrs Currell's would walk her dog on the course each evening and her husband had reported her missing when the dog returned alone the previous evening. A stocking had been tied around the dead woman's throat and she had been killed by blows from a heavy iron tee-marker that lay nearby. On the marker was a bloody palm print.

When the palm print was not found in police records, police decided to fingerprint local employees. Eventually over 9,000 sets of prints were taken.

19th August 1955, a print was found that matched. It belonged to 17-year-old Michael Queripel, a clerk with Potters Bar Urban District Council. Initially he told police that he had only discovered the body but then admitted the killing. He told police that he was out walking trying to clear a headache, and had seen the woman and hit out at her.

12th October 1955,His trial for murder was at the Old Bailey, where he pleaded guilty. He was ordered to be detained during Her Majesty's Pleasure.

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