10. Injured Parties: The Murder Of A Popular Physician
A day after taking her fox
terrier for a walk through the woods, Dr Helen Davidson’s body was found by a
search party of 100 soldiers on 10 November 1966. Dr Davidson,
49, had been battered with a 2ft 6in chunk of charred wood, and her eyes had
been caved into the back of her skull.
Detective Chief Superintendent
Jack ‘Razor’ Williams of Scotland Yard headed the Thames Valley Police murder
hunt and interrogated half a dozen sex offenders. With them all having
solid alibis, Williams ended the investigation by ruling that Davidson had been
the victim of a motiveless murder after spying illicit lovers with her
Although the notorious News Of
The World newspaper offered a £100,000 reward in 1971, and anniversaries saw
several appeals for the investigation to be continued, it wasn’t until sparkling
vampire Robert Pattinson’s aunt stumbled upon the cold case that the killer was
Through old files given to her
by forensic photographer John Bailey and the pathologist who carried out the
post-mortem, Professor David Bowen, true crime author Monica Weller uncovered
George Garbett as Davidson’s Grim Reaper.
With homosexuality being
illegal in ’66 and Davidson’s corpse being found in a renowned part of the
woods where male lovers embraced under the cover of darkness, Weller figured
that the bisexual Garbett fretted that Davidson would dob him into
the police and thus eliminated her.
with the case being solved 50 years too late, Garbett was unable to serve jail time
as back in 1979 he had set himself ablaze with a gallon of petrol.