“This year starts with a glimmer of hope. My legal team are preparing a fresh application to the CCRC based on a new expert opinion about the blood. They have been able to show that some of the evidence presented by the prosecution was ‘fundamentally flawed’ due to mistakes in the interpretation of forensic tests. The odds are stacked heavily against me but at least things are moving forward again.”
Glyn Razzell, 2015
Linda Razzell disappeared on the 19th March 2002 after dropping her children off at school and driving into Swindon town centre, where she worked at the college. Her car was parked in its usual place in Alvescott Road, Swindon, and her mobile phone was found by some garages in an alley nearby. Blood bearing DNA matched to Linda’s was eventually discovered in the boot of a car used by Linda’s estranged husband Glyn Razzell on the day that Linda disappeared. The car underwent two forensic examinations lasting over ten man-hours, without any trace of blood being found. It was only on the 3rd attempt that blood was discovered, despite the prosecution’s forensic scientists claiming that there were heavy blood stains, visible to the naked eye. Meanwhile, there were seven DNA samples in the car that could not be matched to anyone known to have been in the car.
In the period leading up to her disappearance, Linda had withdrawn large amounts of money from her bank account whilst defaulting on mortgage payments. Her internet search history showed that fluent French-speaking Linda had recently researched cheap flights, and an address in Burundi was found in her notebook at home. Her children recall her saying an unusually solemn goodbye on the day that she disappeared – a day that she’d marked on her calendar with a large question mark – and she hadn’t taken her ID card, which she needed at work. She was part way through reading a crime novel where the plot featured a body in the boot of a car and evidence that was planted to convince police that a murder had taken place.
Linda’s body has never been found. More than half a dozen credible eyewitnesses claim to have seen her since her ‘death’, including a woman who knew her well and who saw her shortly after police said she’d been killed. The witness said that Linda looking ‘annoyed’ at being seen.
Meanwhile, her husband Glyn has been in prison since 2003 for Linda’s murder. Please take a moment to look through the new campaign website at http://glynrazzell.org.uk/, which features an excellent and much longer summary of the case.
You can write to Glyn at:
HMP Guys Marsh