Prime suspect in Suzy Lamplugh’s murder on deathbed as family pleads ‘tell us what you did’


Suzy’s distraught family wants John Cannan, 68, to tell them what really happened to the real estate agent when he received end-of-life palliative care in prison

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Richard Lamplugh with a photo of his sister Suzy Lamplugh

The prime suspect in the murder of real estate agent Suzy Lamplugh is on his deathbed, it was revealed last night.

John Cannan, 68, receiving end-of-life palliative care in prison.

Suzy’s family, whose body was never discovered, are now hoping that Cannan will finally reveal what happened to her before he dies.

Police named him as the prime suspect in the disappearance of 25-year-old Suzy in Fulham, west London, in July 1986.

He is serving a life sentence for another murder and has always denied any connection to Suzy’s case.

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Suzy Lamplugh was a real estate agent whose disappearance is still a mystery


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Photofit of man believed to have kidnapped Suzy


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Cannan, who is in Full Sutton, East Yorks, prison, has suffered from poor health for several years but would have been eligible for parole this year.

Suzy’s brother Richard was unaware of his health condition but urged him to reveal the truth before he died.

He told the Mirror: “I want Cannan, if he knows, to tell us what happened to Suze. After all these years, I want him to finally tell us what happened.

“It would mean a lot to the family.”

Suzy went missing in July 1986


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Suzy went missing after meeting a “Mr Kipper” who was later photographed showing him a house in Shorrolds Road, Fulham.

Her white Ford Fiesta was later found outside a property for sale on Stevenage Road about a mile and a half away.

The doors were unlocked, the handbrake was off, and her purse was found in a side door pocket.

In 2002, police finally named Cannan as the prime suspect in Suzy’s disappearance and murder.

Police dug for the remains of Suzy Lamplugh in a field in Worcestershire in 2019


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But the CPS said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him. Officials have conducted a number of digs for Suzy’s body in recent years, including in Worcestershire in 2019.

In 2018, the garden of Cannan’s mother’s former home in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was also searched.

The former car salesman was sentenced to three life sentences for the 1987 kidnapping and murder of 29-year-old Shirley Banks.

This Suzy’s car was found on Stevenage Road, Fulham


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Cannan was given a lifetime tariff, which was later reduced to a minimum of 35 years.

In 2019, Cannan spoke to the Sunday Mirror on a phone call from his cell ahead of an earlier offer of parole.

He said: “I was not involved in the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh.

“I worry that the police will use Suzy’s disappearance to undermine my chances of parole.

“My concern is that smearing on me has become the norm, not the exception.” At the time, Cannan also revealed that he was partially paralyzed and had to use a wheelchair after suffering a stroke.

Richard and sister Tamsin with their daughter Amelia in 1986


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He claimed the Met was “determined to use me as a convenient peg to hang the disappearance on.”

Retired Det Supt Jim Dickie, who has spent six years investigating Suzy’s abduction, said: “Cannan remains a suspect in the disappearance and murder of Suzy Lamplugh.

“He is extremely manipulative and cannot be trusted.”

In a previous interview, Suzy’s brother Richard added: “If he has done it I would like him to tell us where she is and we can then bury her where we want to bury her and not where her killer buried her .

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“We’ve gone through so many developments that you don’t get your hopes up.

“You accept what is coming, and if you find her, so be it.

“Then we have to deal with everything that comes out of it.”

A Justice Department spokesman said last night it could not comment on Cannan’s health.

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