Barbara Mayo killing link to M6 murder
AN author writing about unsolved murders believes he may have uncovered a new link in a killing that took place nearly 40 years ago.
Scott Lomax explores three cases in his book, Unsolved Murders In and Around Derby, including that of student teacher Barbara Mayo who was found raped and strangled in woods at Ault Hucknall, eight miles north of Mansfield on October 12, 1970
Teacher Barbara Mayo who was strangled in 1970
A popular theory at the time was that the 24-year-old from London had been murdered while hitching a lift near Kimberley to Catterick in Yorkshire – a theory her mother Marjorie has since disputed.
Lomax said: "The Barbara Mayo case was just such a tremendously high profile investigation, with there never being any significant leads, them never catching the killer, and it sparking the biggest manhunt the UK had seen at that time."
In 1990 police said evidence confirmed her killer was the same man who raped and murdered Jackie-Ansell Lamb a few months earlier. Her killer has never been brought to justice.
Lomax said: "Where she [Jackie Ansell-Lamb] was murdered [near the M6] it was just off a main road where Manchester City had been playing at Wembley. It was suspected that the killer could have been coming home from there.
"On the day Barbara Mayo was murdered I think Manchester City were playing away. In connection with Jackie Ansell-Lamb police did make an appeal the following week in connection with that; they did not do this for Barbara Mayo."
Lomax, who is best known for his book which campaigned for the release of Barry George, also covers the killing of George Wilson in 1963 at his pub in Sneinton, known as the Pretty Windows Murder.
Lomax, 26, of Chesterfield, said: "I hope this book will raise new leads. It is my hope that by raising public knowledge of these cases, even decades later, a breakthrough could take place."