True Crime On This Day August 7th


Last Updated on February 6, 2023 by Ben Oakley

August 7th

On August 7th in true crime, airport attack, murder in California, Doctor Death, missing person, unidentified body, and unsolved mysteries.


19-year-old cinema attendant John Frederick Stockwell decided to rob his place of work and kill the owners at the Bow Palace Cinema in Tower Hamlets, London.

Cinema owner Dudley Henry Hoard had already packed the suitcase full of money when John knocked at the door. The moment John stepped inside, he retrieved a large axe from inside of his jacket and hit Dudley over the head with the blade end.

Dudley’s wife, Maisie, ran out to stop John but was knocked unconscious with a heavy blow to the side of the head. John then hit Dudley in the head with the axe another 13 times, killing him instantly.

The cleaner found the couple in a pool of blood the next day, but Maisie was still alive. Police tracked John north to Great Yarmouth, where he was hiding out in a hotel where he was arrested.

A few months later, John was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. He was executed by hanging at Pentonville Prison.

Regal cinema which became the Bow Palace Cinema. True Crime on This Day August 7th.
The Regal Cinema which became the Bow Palace Cinema.


On August 7th 1978, Harold Shipman killed Sarah Hannah Marsland, one of his patients. It was one of four confirmed murders in 1978.

It was also one of 215 convicted murders, and he was suspected of killing over 250. He would kill three more times in 1978, again in August and two more in December.


In Islington, London, 14-year-old schoolgirl Suzanne Lawrence went missing. She and her sister told their mother they were staying with a friend in Dagenham.

The sister arrived home on August 7th and claimed that Suzanne would be back in the evening, but she never came home.

Aside from a rumour that she had joined a travelling fair, there has been no sighting of Suzanne Lawrence and no conclusion to her story. As of 2022, she remains a missing person.


In Santa Barbara, California, 19-year-old Cecile Francis Moch disappeared in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Moch was a student at the University of California after having graduated with a science degree from Santa Barbara City College.

She also worked at the Sunburst Farm Restaurant and was well-liked in the community. Her car was found abandoned at the foot of the mountains.

A large search began, involving multiple teams who combed the mountains looking for clues. To this day, no sign of Moch has ever been found.


In Houston, Texas, the body of an unidentified black female was discovered at the 10000 block of Peach Street. Her features were unrecognisable and the investigation into her death went cold quickly.

No one has ever come forward to identify her or claim her as missing. The circumstances of her death and her identity remain unsolved.


In Ankara, Turkey, the Ankara Esenboga Airport Attack took place. The attack was carried out by two members of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA), Zohrab Sarkissian and Levon Ekmekjian.

They detonated a bomb in the crowded check-in area then opened fire with submachine guns, randomly shooting passengers and passport control officers.

The attackers moved to the cafeteria area where they took 20 more people hostage. A few moments later, security forces flooded the area, killing Sarkissian, and wounding Ekmekjian.

After the dust settled, nine people were killed and 72 injured. Ekmekjian was sentenced to death and was executed by hanging on January 29th 1983.

He was the last person to be executed before the death penalty was abolished in Turkey.


In San Jose, California, 17-year-old Cynthia Munoz was found dead in her bedroom. She had been raped, strangled, and stabbed to death.

Despite a large investigation, the case went cold until 2007 when Christopher Melvin Holland was arrested and charged with her murder, based on DNA evidence collected at the scene.

Holland was known to be a regular visitor to the Munoz residence and was never considered a suspect at the time.

His brother was linked to the rape of an 82-year-old woman in 2001, and cold case investigators made the DNA connection to Christopher.

In 2011, Holland was also charged with the 1983 murder of Tera Marowski, who had gone missing from San Jose in March, her body was found in the back of a car a few weeks later.

For the murder of Munoz, Holland was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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