Lynette White, aged just 20, was found dead in a flat above a betting shop after being brutally stabbed 50 times.
Lynette, who was working as a prostitute at the time, was horrifically killed on Valentine's Day. It set off an unbelievable chain of events that ended up changing six people's lives forever.
Five men were caught over her brutal slaying, with three of them wrongly convicted of the crime and sentenced to life behind bars. But it was later found all five were wrongly accused of her murder.
After 12 long years after the gruesome crime, DNA technology finally helped find the real killer – Jeffrey Gafoor.
The 'Cardiff Five'
By the end of 1988, a new team was brought in to find the killer after struggling with the case, WalesOnline reports.
Locals John Actie, Tony Paris, Ronnie Actie, Stephen Miller, and Yusef Abdullahi were arrested and dubbed the 'Cardiff Five'.
Paris, Miller, and Abdullahi would be found guilty of the murder and then known as the Cardiff Three, spending two years in jail, while cousins John and Ronnie Actie were later acquitted in 1990.
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The case against them included coerced confessions and false eyewitness statements.
In an appeal in 1992, the taped interviews with Stephen Miller – who had a mental age of just 11 – were deemed inappropriate interrogation.
The three remaining of the five, Abdullahi, Miller, and Paris would be released, but their lives would not be the same as they once were.
"I'm always going to be angry"
John Actie, 61, has broken his silence over how the case has changed him after all these years.
He said: "My life hasn't been normal for 30-odd years.
"It's never going to be the same now even after all these years and the dust has settled. I was wronged, [the detectives] got away with it – I'm always going to be angry.
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"You just couldn't move on because this was always hanging over you, you know, up until they arrested the corrupt policeman, who were treated with kids gloves, taken to a police station kept down there for an hour, you know, not in the cells – treated nice.
"We were just put in jail. Yes, the real policemen caught Gafoor but we've never had justice."
The single spot of blood that caught a killer
Jeffrey Gafoor was identified as a suspect in Lynette's murder thanks to DNA evidence after a spot of blood was discovered on a skirting board at her flat.
He was found after a partial match finally came through for his nephew, aged 14, who hadn't been alive at the time of the slaying.
In 2003, more than a decade after the five men were wrongly convicted of murder, Gafoor was handed a life sentence.
He was ordered to serve a minimum of 13 years behind bars for Lynette's brutal slaying.
He pleaded guilty to murder aged 38 and confessed to stabbing her with a knife more than 50 times after a row over just £30.
At his sentencing, Patrick Harrington QC, prosecuting, told the court: "He did not simply kill, he attacked in a barbaric manner, cutting, stabbing and slashing his victim over 50 times, cutting her throat, slashing both wrists, cutting, stabbing and slashing her face, arm and especially the torso.
"It is tempting to talk of the defendant having attacked in a frenzy, but the pattern of distribution of injuries suggests a particular mindset."
In 2020, Gafoor was transferred to an open prison, with a Parole Board hearing reporting he is making progress after the move. He has not been deemed suitable for full release yet.
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