Unsolved Murders

Patricia Lee Parsons

Age: 42

Sex: female

Date: 24 Jun 1990

Place: Long Street, Upshire, Epping Forest, Essex

Source: www.truecrimelibrary.com

Patricia Lee Parsons was battered and shot three times in the head with what was thought was a crossbow in Epping Forest.

In February 2007 a man was arrested in connection with her murder, but nothing more is known of any charges. The arrested was thought to have been connected with a DNA breakthrough in the case.

Patricia Parsons was found dead in her white C-reg VW Golf Cabriolet car in Long Street, Upshire near the Good Intent pub on 24 June 1990 by some ramblers.

She had earlier left her home in Friern Barnet for a private party at her boyfriend's restaurant in Harlow, but she didn't turn up. She was seen to leave with another man who was driving her car, with Patricia Parsons sat in the passenger seat. The police late said that they thought that she had been forced to go to Epping Forest.

Patricia Parsons was divorced, but was described as wealthy and owned three houses. Her house in Friern Barnet was said to have been worth £500,000.

She was said to have been a masseuse and escort girl, and to have provided discreet sexual services to a range of celebrities and VIPs. Her clients were said to have included a judge and a television presenter. She had also run a sauna in Camden Town

She was known to have had a black or blue notebook  in which she was thought to have kept the names of over 200 clients, including the names and telephone numbers of famous  celebrities, but it was never found.

It was thought that her murder had been a contract killing to prevent her from discloing certain names to a Sunday newspaper.

A friend of Patricia Parsons's said, 'Lee was strikingly attractive. She loved her work and saw herself as a social worker on behalf of lonely men. She dressed to please them and relieved their fantasies'.

Her post-mortem stated that she had died from three deep puncture wounds to the head that had been caused by an unknown implement, which was thought to have been the result of having been shot in the head by a crossbow bolt.

There had been a wedding reception nearby in Upshire Village Hall near to where she was found and the police appealed to anyone that had attended it that might have seen something to come forward.

They said that they also wanted to speak to an elderly couple who were seen in a nearby in a V-reg brown Mini car in the field off Long Street. THey were said to have left before the police arrived.

It was noted that Patricia Parsons was murdered six months after the unsolved murers of Terry Gooderham and Maxine Arnold who were also murdered in Epping Forest. They were found dead, having both been shot in the head, in Terry Gooderham's Mercedes car in a car park off Lodge Road, Upshire, about two miles from where Patricia Parsons was found.

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