Bodies in suitcases

THE death of British teenager Cara Marie Burke is a chilling reminder of other murder cases where the bodies of victims’ have been stuffed into suitcases.

17-year-old Terry Edmonds’ body was found hidden in a suitcase in Kent on April 29, 2006. She had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

The teenager had been missing for 12 days before her body was discovered.

A judge ruled in favour of a second retrial in the case of a homeless man accused of murdering Edmonds in May 2008.

Philip Bell, 23, has always denied the charge.

Juries in the two previous trials in May 2007 and January 2008 failed to reach a verdict and were discharged.

On May 8 2008 the burnt body of a 27-year-old woman was found in a suitcase on the outskirts of a Hampshire village.

Police were initially unable to identify the body of Sylwia Sobczak and launched a nationwide appeal.

Bangladeshi national Ziaul Haque, 27, charged with murdering the Polish woman, was found hanged in his prison cell in Winchester on Monday.

The corpse of Richard Emery, 62, was found buried in a suitcase near his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, earlier this year.

Emery, an alcoholic, had gone missing from his flat at the end of April. Police spent two days searching the area for his body.

Richard Ormond, 34, and Samantha Faulder, 46, of no fixed address, have been charged with murder.

In 2007, a US nurse was found guilty of killing her husband and hiding his body parts in suitcases and dumping them in a bay.

The body parts of William McGuire were found in matching luggage that washed ashore in Virginia in May 2004.

Melanie McGuire, 34, was convicted of murder.

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