Doreen Dally was awoken at 8am on Saturday 4th May 1957 by a loud
banging noise followed by a woman crying out 'No, Peter! No! Oh, Peter,
After that came a scream. When she looked out of her basement
flat she saw the figure of 24-year-old Shirley Marguerite Allen start to
emerge from the basement flat opposite her own. Shirley wore a red
dressing gown and blood streamed from a head wound.
Shirley had lived
with 24-year-old Polish art student Ginter Wiora for the previous six
months and she called herself Mrs Wiora. He was an extremely jealous man
and had often accused her of having affairs and of posing for
The girl tried to leave the flat but was held
back and she called out 'Oh, Mrs Dally - help me, please. Peter's gone
mad.' Mrs Dally grabbed the girl's arm and managed to pull her into the
hallway. She pushed the girl into her own flat and told her to lock the
She went to climb the stairs to the telephone when
Wiora came out into the hall. He held, crossed on his chest, a Samurai
sword. He lunged at the hapless woman and stabbed the sword into her
left breast. She managed to run upstairs and, rousing the occupant of
another flat, telephone for the police.
police arrived, in the form of DC Drown and PC Tennyson, and they
ascertained from Mrs Dally what had happened. When they descended into
the basement they found the door to Mrs Dally's flat open and Shirley
Allen lying dead on the floor.
She had died from a stab wound to the
chest. The sword, now badly bent, lay on the floor nearby. The door to Wiora's
flat was locked. When the policemen listened they could hear the sound
of a radio and a low moaning.
They could also smell gas. The policemen
broke down the door and turned off the gas. Wiora lay on a bed where he
was bleeding from a chest wound and from cuts to his wrists. He was
taken to hospital.
tried at the Old Bailey on 25th July 1957 and put forward a defence of
diminished responsibility. The jury found him not guilty of murder but
guilty of manslaughter and he was sentenced to twelve years
He was later removed to Broadmoor.