Did serial killer bludgeon PCSO Julia James to death?

A serial killer may have murdered the police support officer found dead last week, a leading barrister claimed yesterday.

Julia James, 53, was discovered battered to death beside a woodland path in Kent after taking her terrier for a walk.

The scene was just two miles from that of the notorious Chillenden hammer murders a quarter of a century ago.

The barrister campaigning to clear Michael Stone of that crime has told police the ‘real killer’ may still be at large and could have struck again.

Julia James, a serving PCSO for Kent Police for 15 years, was discovered battered to death beside a woodland path in Kent after taking her terrier for a walk

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Julia James, a serving PCSO for Kent Police for 15 years, was discovered battered to death beside a woodland path in Kent after taking her terrier for a walk

Stone, 61, has been unsuccessful in appeals against his conviction for the murders of Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, in 1996.

Mark McDonald QC said: ‘There are some concerning questions here. Reports have talked about police in the area looking for a reported attempted dognapper in his 60s in a BMW.

‘He would have been in his 30s at the time of the Chillenden murders. There were a number of alternative suspects – one of which had really poor alibi evidence. But the police dropped everything when they focused on Stone. And they got the wrong man.

‘I’ve reached out to Kent Police through their hotline, and said I’ve got all the material on alternative suspects from Chillenden.

The scene was just two miles from that of the notorious Chillenden hammer murders of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan (pictured) a quarter of a century ago. The barrister campaigning to clear Michael Stone of that crime has told police the ‘real killer’ may still be at large and could have struck again

The scene was just two miles from that of the notorious Chillenden hammer murders of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan (pictured) a quarter of a century ago. The barrister campaigning to clear Michael Stone of that crime has told police the ‘real killer’ may still be at large and could have struck again

The case has chilling echoes of one of Britain's most notorious murder cases, which took place in the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, 25 years ago, when Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, were bludgeoned to death with a hammer as they walked their family dog

The case has chilling echoes of one of Britain's most notorious murder cases, which took place in the neighbouring village of Chillenden, Kent, 25 years ago, when Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan, six, were bludgeoned to death with a hammer as they walked their family dog

'There were five alternative suspects. It’s remarkably similar. I haven’t

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