Unsolved Murders

Barry Stubbings

Age: 51

Sex: male

Date: 13 Mar 1994

Place: Whites Row, Spitalfields, Whitechapel, London

Source: search.proquest.com

Barry Stubbings was killed at his flat in London on Wednesday 13 March 1994.

He had his throat slit at his flat and had been stabbed several times. The assault on him was described by police as frenzied.

He was a homosexual and a wealthy stockbroker, working as a director for James Capel & Co, a firm of City corporate brokers located near Southwark Bridge. It was noted that Barry Stubbings had joined James Capel & Co at the age of 17, straight from school. He was said to have worked his way up in the firm and was involved in company takeovers, rights issues and flotations and that as part of his work, he was required to travel the world. He was said to have earned about £150,000 a year. However, it was also heard that he had led a quiet life and that his acquisitions had been modest, and that he had lived in a one-bedroom flat worth about £100,000, although he had also bought a four-bedroom detached house in Ashford, Kent, where his mother lived and where he spent most of his weekends.

He was said to have gone out for an Indian meal earlier in the evening at about 9pm and then returned home at about midnight. His neighbours said that they heard someone leave his flat at about 3am in the early hours of Wednesday 13 March 1994.

Barry Stubbings was found dead on the floor in the living room of his flat later that afternoon after he failed to keep a business appointment. When the police broke in to his flat he was found dead, and partly clothed.

The police said that they thought that Barry Stubbings had known the person that murdered him and that he had let that person into his flat willingly. It was noted that there had been a security and entry phone system to the flats that would have been difficult to by-pass and that his flat was on the third floor, making it extremely difficult to break into.

The flat that Barry Stubbings lived in was described as being in a renovated Victorian building on the fringes of the City.

It was heard that he led a double life and was described as a workaholic by his work colleagues who knew him as a keen gardener and said that they knew he would visit his mother every weekend. However, it was also heard that he would pick up homosexual lovers in public toilets and frequented gay pubs and clubs across London.

The police later said that they thought that the man that had killed him was a male prostitute and that he had been caught in CCTV footage, although they were not able to identify him.

At the time of his murder, another man was attacked at his home in Wapping a few hours before Barry Stubbings was murdered and the police said that they thought that there might have been a connection. The man had lived in a flat in Prusom Street, Wapping on the 10th floor of a block. The man's attacker had called at about 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 March 1994. It was heard that an argument had occurred in the man’s flat shortly after and that the other man had stabbed the man in the throat and chest and suffered hand injuries. The injuries were said to have been similar to those that Barry Stubbings had suffered a few hours later and suggested that there might have been a connection.

During their investigation, the police interviewed two of Barry Stubbings's lovers and said that they were keen to identify any of his other lovers. The police said that they were also interested in speaking to anyone that knew him under a different name.

The police also said that they were going through correspondence belonging to Barry Stubbings that they had found both at his flat and at his mother's place. However, the police said that they didn't think that there was any connection between his murder and his business dealings.


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see Frost Milton, Bill Catherine. "Cut-throat murder of City broker baffles friends and family." Times, 1 Apr. 1994, p. 3.