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Violet Ethel Shenton

British murder victim. She and her husband lived at 27 Twyford Avenue, East Finchley, in North London, and owned a shop at 304 Holloway Road, which sold leather goods such as handbags and cases. From 1960, the top two floors above the shop had been let out, at a rent of £17.50 per week, to Joe Meek, who used it as his recording studio. By the beginning of 1967, however, Meek had began to suffer from increasing paranoia, not helped by his heavy drug use and by the police investigations into the murder of Bernard Oliver. Mrs. Shenton was becoming annoyed by the fact that Meek was frequently late with the rent and by the noise he made in his studios. On the 3rd. February, Meek and his assistant, Patrick Pink, were in the studios when Mrs. Shenton arrived. Pink remained on the lower of the two floors, but heard them arguing about "the book" (presumably, the rent book), then heard a shot. He left the room to see Mrs. Shenton tumbling down the stairs, dead from a gunshot wound. As Pink cradled Mrs. Shenton, Meek then shot himself in the head with the same gun, which belonged to the singer, Heinz Burt. Mrs. Shenton was cremated on the 9th. February at St. Marylebone Crematorium, and her ashes were scattered in the cloister. A memorial plaque may be seen on the South wall of the cloister. It is in the second panel (No. 15) from the right (West); the third plaque (No. 27) from the left in the third row down. "Telstar", a play about these tragic events, was staged in London's West End in the Summer of 2005, and, three years later, was made into a film. In the play, Mrs. Shenton was portrayed by Linda Robson; in the film, by Pam Ferris.

  • Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 26 Nov 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12511423
  • Ann Williams Davis
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Violet Ethel Shenton (1911–3 Feb 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12511423, citing East Finchley Cemetery and Crematorium, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Iain MacFarlaine (contributor 46514200) .