Joy died on the night of 17th October 1995. To be horribly honest about what we know happened.....she was sexually assaulted with a blunt object, strangled, stabbed multiple times and set on fire. Horrific eh! But the worst thing about
it....she was in her own home, in her own bed. She had probably let her murderer in as there was no sign of forced entry (the only alternative is that she let someone in who then let the murderer in), and she nearly definitely knew them as they appear to have
drunk coffee together before the murder. This person has never been found. Unless they have died, they are still wandering around free as a bird. As a family we know we probably know them.... What an awful weird thought.
Joy was the most careful woman
in the world! She lived alone and she would NEVER allow anyone into her flat without talking to them on the intercom first to allow them into the building, then checking through her door spyhole before opening her front door- on the 6th floor of the building-
and then she would STILL have the chain on.
So what the heck (was obviously thinking a different 4 letter word there) exactly happened??
Heres the story of the awful events of that night, as reported by the Metropolitan Police and BBC's
crimewatch. Apologies for the horrible story you are about to read, and thank you in advanced for bearing with us.
At 11:18pm on October 17th 1995 the London Fire Brigade recieved a call from a (still) unknown
caller reporting a fire at St Davids Court, Walthamstow. 'Theres a fire' said the caller, going on to name the road after checking with a passer by. The fire brigade responded.
When they reached Joys flat it became clear that Joy was already dead, and
that it hadn't been the fire which killed her. It quickly became clear Joy had been sexually abused, stabbed, strangled and set on fire.
Earlier that day
On the day she was murdered, Joy had been volunteering at the London Healing
Mission ('The Mission' remains a mystery to me. I still dont quite understand it. Some people who had been linked to the mission around this time allegedly had some very odd healing methods http://www.independent.co.uk/news/church-warning-on-risks-of-exorcism-1311154.html
I am sure they also did lots of good stuff- helped out the homeless and lots of good work....but it wasnt an area of Joys life we knew much about) A colleague saw Joy leaving the mission at about 3:30pm.
Joys exact movements over the following
2 hours are not clear. However she did visit a chemist near to her flat in St David’s Court, Wood Street at 5.50pm. She then arrived back at her flat at about 6pm.
After arriving home, Joy made several telephone calls throughout the evening.
She called her brother who was not home, so she spoke to her nephew instead. This was at around 9.45pm. The last time anyone in her family heard from her. After chatting for a few minutes, Joy said she was soon going to bed.
By 11pm Joy would
be either dead or close to death (reading this line literally makes me cry!)
What do we know?
There are more details in the crimewatch video, but the basics of what we actually know are:
-The young couple
who lived below Joy described how there were loud banging and scraping noises coming from Joy’s flat had disturbed them as they were going to bed (the sound of furniture being moved possibly) between 10.30pm and 11pm.
- there were 2 used
coffee cups out (Joy always washed up!) Joy was in her bed in her nightie when she was killed, and there was no sign of forced entry. Now before anyone jumps to any conclusions, I cannot stress strongly enough that for many reasons she was absolutely not in
a relationship with a man or would have taken one home. She probably knew her killer, and it was not a lover.
-There was a guy who entered the block of flats at about 10.30pm who hasnt been identified. Watch the crimewatch clip and see. Who is he? And
was he the killer, there to help clear up after the killer or someone completely nothing to do with this murder.
-Someone was outside at 11.18 and rang the fire brigade! who were they??
Sounds like a confusing mess eh! But in a nutshell.....Joy
was killed in her flat....in a block of flats with CCTV......in a bizarre way with what seems like her death being potentially from any of the things that happened to her and the others being some sort of cover up?.....and somehow, despite all this, we still
dont know who it was!