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Electrician David Fuller admits responsibility for 1987 killings of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce

‘Bedsit Murders’ suspect, 67, ADMITS killing two women, aged 20 and 25, in in Kent in 1987 – but denies murdering them

  • Electrician David Fuller, from Heathfield, Sussex, admits to 1987 ‘Bedsit’ killings
  • Two young women had been murdered within months in Tunbridge Wells, Kent 
  • Their death remained unsolved for more than 30 years despite multiple reviews 
  • He denied murder of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce at Maidstone Crown Court


The man accused of committing two of the longest unsolved murders in British history will face trial next month after 34 years.

The 1987 killings of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, were dubbed the ‘Bedsit murders’ after the two young women were murdered within the space of a few months in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

The murders remained unsolved for more than 30 years despite multiple cold case reviews, along with appeals on BBC Crimewatch and anniversary appeals, but the case was never closed.

Electrician David Fuller, 67, from Heathfield, East Sussex was arrested and charged with both murders in December 2020.

Electrician David Fuller, 67, from Heathfield, East Sussex admitted responsibility for the killings of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in 1987 but denies murder. Pictured above in December 2020 

Today at a pre-trial hearing at Maidstone Crown Court, Judge Griffith-Jones set a trial date for Fuller, who has previously denied the murders, for November 1.

The two women only lived about a mile apart in Tunbridge Wells and worked in the same busy town centre street but did not know each other.

Shop manager Wendy, 25, was found dead in her ground-floor flat in Guildford Road on June 23, 1987 after she failed to turn up for work.

Wendy, 25, (pictured) was found dead in June in her flat in Tunbridge Wells five months before Caroline, 20, was found dead in a remote field on Romney Marsh

Wendy, 25, (pictured) was found dead in June in her flat in Tunbridge Wells five months before Caroline, 20, was found dead in a remote field on Romney Marsh

Police believe restaurant worker Caroline (above) was killed on November 24, 1987, although it was not until three weeks later that her body was found in the dyke of a remote field on Romney Marsh

Police believe restaurant worker Caroline (above) was killed on November 24, 1987, although it was not until three weeks later that her body was found in the dyke of a remote field on Romney Marsh 

Police believe restaurant worker Caroline was killed on November 24 that year, although it was not until three weeks later that her body was found in the dyke of a remote field on Romney Marsh.

Dressed in jeans and sweatshirt, balding, bespectacled 67-year-old Fuller appeared in person at court.

He has pleaded not guilty to murdering Miss Knell on or about June 22, 1987 and not guilty to murdering Miss Pierce on or about November 24, 1987.

Fuller was remanded in custody.

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