Unsolved Murders

William Bryan

Age: 71

Sex: male

Date: 23 Aug 1993

Place: Priam House, Bethnal Green, East London

Source: find.galegroup.com

Ann Castle and William Bryan were found dead in the flat they shared.

They had been robbed and both been bound hand and foot, sitting beside each other in chairs.

They were brother and sister and were said to have been well liked in the local community. They were said to have lived in Bethnal Green for the previous 47 years.

William Bryan died after being suffocated, possibly by having a hand placed over his mouth and complicated by his ischaemic heart disease.

However, it was thought that Ann Castle had died from a heart attack through fear, brought on by the same disease that their brother had, ischaemic heart disease. It was said that she had probably watched William Bryan being assaulted and had had the rings on her fingers, that she had not taken off in 50 years, wrenched from her.

They were found dead by a neighbour who became suspicious when they didn't answer their door and she found that the lights were on inside and that a door was open.

Ann Castle was last seen at about 8.40pm on Sunday 22 August 1993 after returning from a senior citizens club.

A man was seen about two hours later, around 10.40pm, sitting on the wall outside Priam House, and the police said that they were keen to speak to him as he might have vital information. He was described as black, in his mid-20s, about 5ft 9in tall, slim with short hair and wearing a dark jacket and white trainers.

When their flat was examined by the police, it was found that a large amount of jewellery had been taken.

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see "Robbery link to murders." Times [London, England] 26 Aug. 1993: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 3 Mar. 2013.

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