May 14, 1948: the three-year-old’s brutal murder that begins an unusual investigation.

Three-year-old June Devaney, recovering from pneumonia at Queen’s Park Hospital in Blackburn, England, is kidnapped from her bed on this day, May 14 1948. Nurses discovered her missing at 1:20 a.m. the next day, and police were immediately summoned to investigate. Two hours later, her corpse was found with multiple skull fractures, and medical examiner determined that June had been raped and then swung headfirst into a wall. Luckily, two significant clues were found in the children’s ward that would prove helpful in catching the killer: footprints on the freshly…

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