5th January 1943
Up late this morning. Very cold, dark and cloudy, but the wind had gone. The sky gradually cleared, and was bright and sunny by lunch.
In the papers this morning, stated that a plane was brought down near “S.E. coast” last night. Perhaps this was the cause of the alarm.
Story quite true about the murder – the victim is an old lady of 84, named Mrs. Wade. She lived in
Audley Road, a most unlikely place for a murder – a quiet respectable suburban avenue, with decent class modern houses along it. Among other people living there is Sergt. Clarke of the Borough Police, who must be rather shocked to find a murder committed on his very door-step. The man arrested is a soldier named Turner, who is only 19. As a matter of fact, he was arrested on another charge entirely, something to do with a robbery, and when taken to the Police Station he was found to have Mrs. Wade’s identity card. He was then asked how he had come by this, and replied that he had murdered the old lady. The police went up to the house, and found the woman’s body under a bed in a downstairs room. No doubt the poor old lady had been sleeping downstairs in fear that she would be killed by the Germans, only to be killed by an Englishman instead.
Sky fairly clear tonight, and weather very cold.