Unsolved Murders

Hellen Carline

Age: 28

Sex: female

Date: 6 Sep 1954

Place: Lillington Street, Pimlico

Source: find.galegroup.com

Hellen Carline was found strangled with a stocking at a flat in Lillington Street, Pimlico.

She also went by the name of Helen Kelly, Helen O'Kelly and Red Helen.

Police found two packets of American cigarettes and some American whisky bottles in her room. She was said to have been seen with an American Air Force sergeant on the night she died. Scotland Yard later released the description of a American man that they wanted to question. He was described as being in the armed forces, 22 to 24 years old, 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in with a stocky build, fair flaxen hair, blue eyes and clean shaven with a baby face. He was said to have been wearing dove grey gabardine trousers, a blue small check sports coat with patch pockets and a plain back and wearing a white shirt with collar and die.

Police also said that they thought that Hellen Carline might have scratched her killers face.

A person a few flats away heard a piercing drawn out scream over their radio on the Sunday night at about 11.28pm.

Police said that they thought that her murder could have been linked to the murder of Jean Townsend.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see "News in Brief." Times [London, England] 3 Mar. 1955: 4. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 3 Mar. 2013.

see Daily Mirror Tue 7 Sep 1954 Page 16 (picture)

see Daily Mirror Wed 8 Sep 1954 Page 16

see Daily Express Thu 16 Sep 1954 Page 1

see Daily Express Fri 10 Sep 1954 Page 5

see Belfast Magazine

see National Archives - MEPO 2/9743