Lesley Whittle
The murder of Lesley Whittle occurred in January 1975 and dominated national headlines for 11 months. The investigation of her kidnap and murder involved over 400 officers from Shropshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands police force and the Metropolitan Police.
Whittle, aged 17, was kidnapped from her home in Highley, Shropshire, by Donald Neilson, who by that time had committed over 400 burglaries and three fatal shootings. He was known to the British press as the Black Panther, due to his wearing a black balaclava during his Post Office raids.
Neilson held Lesley Whittle in a drainage shaft of a reservoir at Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. He had placed a hood over her head, left her naked, and tethered her to the side of the shaft by a wire noose. After what was later seen as a bungled police operation, including two failed attempts to engage with Neilson's demand for a ransom of £50,000, her body was found hanging in the shaft on 7 March 1975.
After arrest 11 months later in Mansfield, in July 1976 at Oxford Crown Court, Neilson was convicted of the kidnapping and murder of Lesley Whittle, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Three weeks later he was convicted of the murder of three post office workers, and given three further life sentences.

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Murder of Lesley Whittle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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BBC ON THIS DAY | 14 | 1975: Heiress Lesley Whittle kidnapped
A 17-year-old heiress is kidnapped from her home in Shropshire while her mother sleeps.
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Donald Neilson | Photos | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers
sentenced to life imprisonment in 1976 for the murders of 17-year-old Lesley Whittle and three sub-postmasters, as well as a number of attempted murders.
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Dec 19, 2011 ... Serial killer Donald Neilson - who murdered 17-year-old Lesley Whittle from Shropshire in 1975 has died in hospital.
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By the mid-1970’s, Donald Neilson was the most hunted man in England. After leaving the army, he committed over four hundred house burglaries before graduating to the aggravated burglary of sub-post offices. During this spree, he killed two sub-post masters and the husband of a sub-post mistress who confronted him. Wearing black clothing during the...
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This is the definitive story of the criminal career and hunt for Donald Neilson, alias the Black Panther. This viscious killer's reign of murder reached its horrific crescendo when he kidnapped and killed the seventeen-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle by hanging her. Before that he had shot dead three sub-postmasters and severely wounded a secu...
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