Unsolved Murders

John Augustus Roden Orde

Age: 45

Sex: male

Date: 26 Aug 1971

Place: Tyttenhanger Farm, Colney Heath, Hertfordshire

Source: discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk

John Augustus Roden Orde was shot at his farm.

He was doing his usual late night rounds when on a track near Coursers Road he came across a gang of people trying to remove the rear number plate of a bronze-coloured Ford Cortina. However, he was then shot.

A 32 year old man was tried for his murder but found not guilty.

The man had been arrested 2 months after the murder when police raided his home and found 2 revolvers and 365 rounds of ammunition hidden in a barrel of grease. His sister was said to have told police that he had confessed to the murder to her.


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see "Farm manager callously killed, QC says." Times [London, England] 12 May 1972: 3. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

see "News in Brief." Times [London, England] 19 May 1972: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

see National Archives - J 271/46