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

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

  • Electrician David Fuller, of Heathfield, Sussex, admits to killing ‘Bedsit’ in 1987
  • Two young women were murdered within months in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  • Their deaths remained unsolved for over 30 years despite multiple reviews
  • He denied the 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 murders of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, were dubbed the “Bedsit murders” after the two young women were murdered within a few months in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

The murders remained unsolved for over 30 years despite multiple cold case reviews, along with appeals to BBC Crimewatch and jubilee appeals, but the case was never closed.

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

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

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

The two women lived only a mile apart in Tunbridge Wells and worked on the same busy city center street, but did not know each other.

Store manager Wendy, 25, was found dead in her ground floor apartment in Guildford Road on June 23, 1987, after failing to show up for work.

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

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

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

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

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

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

He pleaded not guilty to the murder of Miss Knell on or about June 22, 1987 and not guilty to the murder of Miss Pierce on or about November 24, 1987.

Fuller was remanded in custody.

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