TV-call hope in murder of girl

18 September 1999
Yorkshire Post
Joanne Ginley

The family of murdered schoolgirl Lesley Molseed is hoping an emotional call to a TV programme might help to catch her killer. The caller to ITV's This Morning show from Lancashire claimed to have been sexually abused by her own father more than 20 years ago. She said he had been a suspect in the murder of a schoolgirl. And she gave other information which Lesley's family say fits the description of a man they believe killed the 11-year-old girl they refer to as "Our Lel", whose battered body was found in a lay-by at Ripponden in 1975. Yesterday her sister, Julie Anderson, who has seen a tape of the programme which went out on Tuesday, said: "She said everything that was crucial, everything that pointed to him."

In 1997 a book, Innocents, named a 52-year-old convicted paedophile as the prime suspect in the case. He was questioned during the original investigation about his ownership of a Morris van like that seen by 14 people at the murder scene.

In one of Britain's most infamous miscarriages of justice, 17st tax clerk Stefan Kiszko was convicted of Lesley's murder and spent 16 years in jail before the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction in 1992. He died a broken man at the age of 41, a year after his release. His mother Charlotte, who campaigned tirelessly for his release, died five months later.

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