November 19, 1970
Boston, Lincolnshire, England
Ivy Virgin (57) is fatally stabbed outside her home

At approximately 11:30 p.m., Mr. Virgin heard scratching at his front door. He opened the door to find his wife, Ivy Virgin, bleeding profusely on the front steps. Mr. Virgin attempted to staunch the flow of blood while his son ran to a telephone box to call an ambulance. Despite efforts to save her life, Virgin was pronounced dead at 1 a.m.

The coroner found Virgin had been stabbed multiple times to her neck, chest, shoulder, and arm. An x-ray found the knife used to kill her had become embedded in her shoulder, and the tip had broken off in the bone. The blade fragment was retrieved and stored as evidence.

Roughly a month and a half later, 15-year-old Raymond Baxter was detained after shoplifting. In his possession was a knife with a broken blade, and the piece taken from Virgin’s shoulder proved to be an exact match. Baxter was arrested for and convicted of Virgin’s murder, though his age amounted to a lighter sentence. It was revealed during the investigation and trial that Baxter was a frequent voyeur and often watched couples engaged in intimate acts within their homes. Virgin came home late on November 19 and found Baxter in her garden, which resulted in the fatal stabbing.

Baxter was released in 1980, though he was arrested in 1985 for rape and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

The Guardian. January 5, 1971

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