British teenager Lesley Molseed, also known as Lesley Susan Anderson, went missing on October 5, 1975, not far from Rochdale. She was conceived on August 14, 1964, in Manchester.
Along with her three siblings, stepfather Danny, and mother April, Lesley shared a house. She was born with a condition that included heart problems.
She had open heart surgery when she was barely three years old, yet she was underweight and had a lower mental capacity for her age. What happened to Lesley Molseed?
Lesley was instructed to go her mother grocery shopping on October 5, 1975. Her mother reported her missing after she didn’t return home. A few days later, the authorities found her body at an interstate rest stop close to West Yorkshire.
She had been sexually assaulted and sustained twelve stab wounds to her upper shoulders and back. One of the incisions was to her heart.
On December 21, 1975, police arrested Stefan Kiszko, a local tax clerk with mental health difficulties. He was falsely imprisoned after confessing to the crime during an investigation. In July 1976, he was given a life sentence at Leeds Crown Court.
His mother approached the human rights organization Justice in 1984 to ask for help in proving her son’s innocence. Attorney Campbell Malone took over the case, and it was revived in 1992.
Kiszko was released from custody in April 1994 after it was determined that he did not kill Lesley. 14 years after Kiszko’s release, in November 2006, authorities arrested comic book dealer Ronald Castree.
In October 2005, he had been held for a sex offense, but no charges had been brought. However, Castree’s DNA matched the sample found on Lesley’s remains in 1975. On November 12, 2007, he was found guilty and given a life sentence.