Unsolved Murders

Frederick William Randall

Age: 82

Sex: male

Date: 26 Jan 1963

Place: 114 Clapham Road, Clapham

Frederick William Randall died in January 1963.

A 55-year-old man was later tried for his murder in 1966 after confessing to poisoning him.

At the time of his trial he had been serving a ten year sentence for raping a  9-year-old girl.

Frederick Randall's body was exhumed in 1965 the man confessed and the man was tried for his murder, but acquitted in January 1966. At the trial he denied murdering Frederick Randall or doing anything to injure his health, stating that he confessed to his murder because he was depressed after being convicted of raping a child. He said:

I was in a depressed condition, relaising what had happened in relation to the child, and I felt ashamed. Rape was foriegn to my nature and abhorrent to myself and other people. I sought a means of getting dealt with on a bigger charge, rather than a lesser one, because I was thoroughly ashamed.

It was heard that the man had been living with Frederick Randall's wife and wanted her to go away with him. The man had made a statement in which he had said that he had give Frederick Randall an overdose of sleeping tablets.


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

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see National Archives - CRIM 1/4466

see Nottingham Guardian - Tuesday 18 January 1966

see Daily Mirror - Saturday 15 January 1966