Appeal for clues 45 years after murder of holocaust survivor

Emmy Werner's body was found by chambermaid

Friday, 15th September 2017 — By Joe Cooper


Police looking for Italian woman and a friend she went to theatre with that night 

THE family of a Holocaust survivor murdered in Bayswater have made an emotional appeal for new information to help bring her killer to justice.

Emmy Werner was found strangled in her bed in the Queens Hotel, Inverness Terrace, in September 1972.

The 68-year-old widow had survived the horrors of Theresienstadt, the Nazi concentration camp near Prague.

On the evening of Saturday, September 16, she had been to the Vaudeville Theatre on the Strand with two friends to see a film, before settling for the night at her hotel. Her body was found by a chambermaid at 1pm the next day.

Detectives believe Mrs Werner was attacked in her room in the early hours and the most likely motive was theft. A 16- year-old boy was charged with her murder a few weeks later. He was acquitted at the Old Bailey the following year.

A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of her killer.

On the 45th anniversary of her death, Mrs Werner’s granddaughter Carolyn Franks, 58, said: “My grandmother was a vulnerable woman and no one should have to die like she did, especially after the trauma she had already endured.

“The effect on her close family continues to be a source of great sadness to us and we feel whoever killed her should be held to account.”

Mrs Werner, her dentist husband Albert and their daughter Hedy lived a comfortable life in Brno, Czechoslovakia, until the German occupation in 1939. In 1942 the family was transported to Theresienstadt.

In October 1944 Mr Werner was taken to Auschwitz and then, as the Allied troops advanced, on to Kaufering concentration camp where he was killed in February 1945. Mrs Werner and her daughter, then aged 17, were liberated in May 1945 and moved to London in September 1946. They lived with relatives before settling in Finchley.

Detective Inspector Susan Stansfield, of the Met’s Special Casework Investigation Team at the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “The hotel served a mixture of guests and employed a number of staff who were spoken to by police at the time. However, with the passage of time, it is possible that the events of that night have since been discussed and there is information that could be really useful to our inquiry.

“Or maybe someone who was scared to speak to officers at the time might now feel able to come forward.

“Did you stay or work at the hotel or in the area of Inverness Terrace, W2, in the early 1970s? Has anyone told you anything in confidence that you feel you should now disclose to police?

“We would also be interested in speaking to the friends – one from the hotel and an Italian woman – who Emmy went to the theatre with that night in case they have any useful information.”
l Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 020 7230 4294 or Crime- stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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