May 27, 2022

Schoolgirl Judith Roberts was just 14 when her body was found in a field near her home in 1972.

Despite being one of the deadliest murders in Midlands history, the case remains unresolved 50 years later.


Fingers have been pointed at Yorkshire rapper Peter Sutcliffe as the killer of 14-year-old Judith Roberts – but the case is still unresolved.Credit: Getty

Who was Judith Roberts?

Judith Roberts was a 14-year-old schoolgirl from a village near the northern suburbs of Tom Worth.

He left his family home in Winton, Staffordshire to ride a bicycle, but never returned home in 1972.

The case led to a major murder case, and was one of the deadliest in Midlands history.

About 200 spies were involved in the case, and among them, they took 15,000 sets of fingerprints, conducted 11,000 door-to-door inquiries and made more than 11,000 statements.

More than 4,000 pieces of information have been processed, but the case is still unresolved after 50 years, despite the Midlands being the worst victim of the murder for many years.

What happened to Judith Roberts?

On June 7, 1972, Judith’s body was discovered near Cumber Ford Lane, near her home, under a pile of hedge clippings and rubbish bags.

Judith was beaten and police managed to get her to be dragged off her green bicycle, before she could be beaten and dumped where her body was found.

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Did Peter Sutcliffe assassinate Judith Roberts?

Although it remains a mystery as to who killed Judith, fingers point to Yorkshire rapper Peter Stuckliff.

He was convicted of killing 13 women and attempting to kill seven more.

It matches the description of a man seen at the scene of the June 7, 1972 assassination.

A car was also seen on the occasion which was remarkably similar to the rapper’s own car.

The archive displays:

  • Judith was repeatedly shot in the head by a blunt object. It was Stuckliff’s signature way of killing his victims.
  • The man was seen wearing work clothes and Wellington shoes. Stuckliff admitted that he wore such clothes while hunting.
  • A man matched Stuckliff’s description – black, curly hair, and long side burns – was seen talking to a girl shortly before his death.

In 1972, soldier Andrew Evans was wrongly convicted of murdering Judith and sentenced to 25 years before being released in 1997.

He received about مل 1 million in compensation.

Mr Evans said at the time of his release: “I will never be completely free – I get the flashback of being in jail every time I close the door.”

“We’ve been fighting for this money for the last two and a half years, and it’s finally sorted out. I’m relieved.”

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