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FINDING SUZY: The Hunt for Missing Estate Agent Suzy Lamplugh and 'Mr Kipper' by David Videcette

The Blurb:

How can someone just disappear?

Step inside a real-life, missing person investigation in this compelling, true crime must-read.

Uncover what happened to missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, as David Videcette takes you on a quest to unpick her mysterious disappearance and scrutinise the shadowy 'Mr Kipper'.

One overcast Monday in July 1986, 25-year-old estate agent Suzy Lamplugh vanished whilst showing a smart London property to a mysterious ‘Mr Kipper’.

Despite the baffling case dominating the news and one of the largest missing persons cases ever mounted, police failed to find a shred of evidence establishing what had happened to her.

Sixteen years later, following a second investigation and under pressure from Suzy’s desperate parents, police named convicted rapist and murderer John Cannan as their prime suspect. However, the Crown Prosecution Service refused to charge him, citing a lack of evidence.

High-profile searches were conducted, yet Suzy’s body was never found. The trail that might lead investigators to her, long since lost.

Haunted by another missing person case, investigator and former Scotland Yard detective, David Videcette, has spent five years painstakingly reinvestigating Suzy’s cold case disappearance.

Through a series of incredible new witness interviews and fresh groundbreaking analysis, he uncovers piece by piece what happened to Suzy and why the case was never solved.

People don't just disappear...

About David Videcette:

As an investigator, David Videcette has worked on a wealth of famous cases. He's chased numerous dangerous criminals and interviewed thousands of witnesses.

With decades of experience working in counter-terror operations and combatting organised crime, David investigated the 7/7 London bombings as a Scotland Yard detective.

Today he uses his policing expertise to painstakingly investigate cold cases in his true crime series: Investigations by Videcette. David is also the author of the Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan thrillers.

David lives in London. When he is not writing, he consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is a key media commentator on crime and policing for many broadcasters and newspapers, both nationally and internationally.

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My Review:

I knew something of the author's credentials and ability to take on an investigation as complex as the Suzy Lamplugh case, and for that reason, I slowed my reading pace down to enable me to absorb as many of the fine points of this story as I could. Some of the revelations were bolts from the blue, whilst others seemed to be of lesser significance but when you add them up, collectively, they turn the previous misconceptions, brought about from the police and the media, inside and out and back to front.

The book is written is such a way, that I felt as if I was part of the investigation team, largely because, when I put the book down, I found myself frequently in a state of cogitation, brooding over new leads, clues, and the many possibilities that were unearthed by the author's meticulous and painstaking work, involving what seems to be thousands of hours and miles, tracking down witnesses more than thirty years after the case had gone cold.

The Suzy Lamplugh case illustrates the multitude of dilemmas facing a cold-case investigator, which thirty years on would seem an impossible task, faced with having to speak to witnesses and former police officers, uncertain where they were or even if they were still alive. Finding witnesses and turning up on their doorsteps did not always bring about the response that the investigator would always want.

For me, I shared the author's frustration at having to deal with senior police officers who refused to acknowledge plausible evidence to officially reopen the case.

I just hope for the sake of justice and the victim's family, that 'Finding Suzy' is read by someone who has the authority to take this to the highest level of the Metropolitan Police and/or government to ensure a follow-up investigation commences based on the conclusions of this book.

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