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Final cruel twist for the family of the mother who was kidnapped and killed in 1969


Clutching a simple bunch of roses and irises, Muriel McKay’s daughter Dianne left her Surrey home on Thursday morning to lay her carefully chosen blooms on a spot of earth by a farmhouse close to the border of Hertfordshire and Essex.

It was the sort of journey grieving sons and daughters make on a regular basis. But for Dianne, now 81, the pilgrimage marked the first time she had visited the spot where she believes her beloved mother lies — more than half a century after she died.

‘It was a spontaneous thing,’ Dianne recalls now. ‘I’ve never wanted to go there or anywhere near it. For me it was always a place of evil. The name has such awful connotations.’

That name has now changed, but in 1969 it was Rooks Farm, and it was where Muriel was taken on a chilly December night, snatched from her home in Wimbledon, South-West London, in a bungled kidnap attempt after being mistaken for Anna Murdoch, the then wife of media baron Rupert.


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