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‘I haven’t forgotten her’: Unsolved murder of Ealing woman, 37, stabbed to death in flat

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'I haven't forgotten her': Unsolved murder of Ealing woman, 37, stabbed to death in flat

On Halloween in 1984, a murder mystery ripped through West London which remains unsolved to this day.

The case of Beverley Trendall, a 37 year old woman who lived in Ealing, mystified the police and locals when she became the centre of a murder investigation.

Beverley was found in her flat on October 31, 1984, on Northolt Estate with a stab wound through her heart.

More than 36 years later and the police still have no leads on who might have killed Beverley, or why.

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Beverley was not actually discovered until November 29, 1984, when her mother became concerned that she had not made contact with her.

The police forced their way into her flat and found her body face down, with no signs of a disturbance.

According to a BBC Crimewatch special aired a year after her death, Beverley’s diaries and personal belongings were also missing, adding to the mystery of the crime.

Beverley’s car, a white Volkswagen Beetle described as ‘her pride and joy’, was seen being driven around the area the day after she was killed.

Farman Grove, part of the Northolt estate where Beverley was found

The last person that may have seen Beverley alive was a workmate, who said that she was heading out to meet a new boyfriend that night.

She had promised to show her workmate pictures of her new boyfriend the next day, but never turned up to work.

Beverley would be 73 years old if she were alive today.

A close friend of hers, Audrey Hyde-Chambers, who grew up on the same estate described her as ‘beautiful Beverley’.

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Audrey said: “I feel really sad, extremely sad all these years later. She was a beautiful girl. She had everything I would have wanted to be. Her family were delightful and always invited me into their home.

“It’s a huge sadness. We were best friends, I haven’t forgotten her.

“She was very reserved and quiet, even as a child. She wouldn’t have let some man pick her up at the pub. Her whole character was not like that. I was shocked at the time.”

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At the time, the police investigation focused on two events, in the days before Halowe’en Beverley was seen with three companions at the now closed Byron pub in North, one woman and two men who have never been identified.

The Crimewatch special reconstruction showed that a neighbour had seen Beverley with an ‘attractive’ man in the days before October 31, 1984, and he was person of significant interest to them.

Beverley was described as a quiet person with few friends and not someone who would invite strangers into her house.

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Beverley’s mum told Crimewatch: “You just feel so cold inside. It’s such a dreadful thing to happen and not knowing what’s happened or who’s done it. this is the awful thing about it. You just can’t understand why.”

Murder mysteries were even harder to solve nearly 40 years ago than they are now, perhaps if the Metropolitan Police reopens Beverley’s case she could finally find some justice.