Episode 8 Lynne Trenholm

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Around 9:45pm on Sunday June 9 1991, a cleaner entered an upstairs room of Pinky’s massage parlor in Boughton, Chester.

Inside, laying in a pool of blood, was the semi-naked body of a woman in her late 20s. She had been stabbed multiple times on the upper half of her body. 

Pinky’s, like many similar massage parlor businesses in towns and cities across the UK, was a brothel.

Hello and welcome to Turned Up Dead. I’m Fiona and the true crime story I’m going to tell you today is of the unsolved murder of Lynne Trenholm. This case is a little different from those I’ve covered in previous episodes; Lynne’s case is unsolved and quite little is known about her death, but despite that or rather *because of that, I felt it’s important for her story to be told.

Around 9:45pm on Sunday June 9 1991, a cleaner entered an upstairs room of Pinky’s massage parlor in Boughton, Chester.

Inside, laying in a pool of blood, was the semi-naked body of a woman in her late 20s. She had been stabbed multiple times on the upper half of her body. 

Pinky’s, like many similar massage parlor businesses in towns and cities across the UK, was a not very well disguised brothel.

When police got to the scene, they found a note which listed four men who had made bookings to see a woman named Blondie that day. Appointments had been booked for:

Mike 12:50
Paul 12:55
Andy 2:20
John 5:00

The deceased woman, presumably Blondie, had been working alone at the massage parlour and was the only member of staff on the premises until the cleaner arrived and discovered her body. 

The woman was soon identified as 29-year-old Lynne Trenholm, from Failsworth, a suburb on the outskirts of Manchester. Her home was about an hour’s drive from Pinky’s, where she had worked for two years. Whilst at Pinky’s, Lynne had used the names Marilyn and Blondie.

Understandably, given the opinions many people have about sex work and sex workers, especially in the early 90s, Lynne had told her family and friends that she worked as a clerk in Manchester so they were shocked when they discovered that she had really been working at Pinky’s.

In many murder cases in which the killer isn’t known, the families and friends of the victim are often the first source of information for police but in this case because Lynne Trenholm’s family and friends didn’t know Lynne worked at Pinky’s, they were unlikely to have been able to give police much, if anything, that would lead them to the perpetrator. 

Other women who worked at Pinky’s would have known a lot more about Lynne’s working life.

Police didn’t find the murder weapon at the scene but they did find what at first seemed to be a promising clue: a bloody fingerprint. 

There was a chance that the name of Lynne’s killer was on the appointment list; if police could match the fingerprint to one of the men on the list, it would surely be an open and shut case. However, Pinky’s was a working brothel so anyone could have walked in without making an appointment.

Furniture was taken to be examined and the police set about finding and identifying the four men who had appointments with Lynne on the day she was murdered.

The next day, Mon 10 June 1991, the Liverpool Echo ran a front-page story about the murder under the headline ‘Blondie’s Sauna Killer Hunted.’ Lynne’s story shared the front page with a story of another murder police were looking to solve. Above both stories it reads, quote, ‘Two murdered and attack victim fights for life after horror weekend.

Beneath a photograph of Lynne, the article gave an overview of what had happened, gave some insight into where police were at in their investigation and appealed to the public for help.

Throughout the article, Pinky’s was called a massage parlor and salon, and Lynne was referred to as a masseuse, although I’m sure that most people easily understood that Pinky’s was a brothel. 

The leading detective, DS Will Brown told the paper quote ,‘I cannot say at this stage whether the victim had been sexually assaulted,’ end quote, but he did reveal, quote, ‘It was not a particularly frenzied attack.’ The murder weapon still hadn’t been found. Police believed the murder weapon was a long blade

The last time Lynne was seen alive was at 1:30pm and police were investigating a phone conversation she was thought to have had at 4:50pm.

The police were reported to be ‘anxious’ to speak to two men who had been seen leaving Pinky’s around 5:30pm on the day Lynne was murdered. The DS said quote, ‘We wish to trace the men so that they can be eliminated from our enquiries,’ end quote.

Police were also trying to contact other women who had worked at Pinky’s since it opened in the late 1980s and a hotline had been set up for people to report tips and information.

The next day, Lynne’s story had moved to page 4. In an article headlined ‘Stolen Cash Clue in Hunt for Lynne’s Murderer,’ it was revealed that the police thought the motive to have been robbery. DS Will Brown told The Echo that a ‘substantial’ amount of cash had been taken.

Police now wanted to speak to three men who DS Brown named as Mike, Andy, and John. He told the public that they were at Pinky’s on Sunday but he didn’t go as far as saying that they were three of the four men on Lynne’s appointment list. I couldn’t find out but I think it’s fair to presume that the fourth man who had an appointment the day of the murder, Paul, had already contacted the police. As his appointment was at 12:55, I think it’s likely that he was the last person to see Lynne alive at 1:30pm.

Through the paper, DS Brown told the missing three men, quote, ‘I want each of them to get in touch. It will save a lot of time and possible embarrassment,’ end quote.

The killer could have been a client who had decided to commit the robbery when he realised he and Lynne were alone in the building. Or just as easily, the money might have had nothing to do with Lynne’s murder and could have been taken to make it seem like a robbery gone wrong.

What might have worried police was that the killer could have been someone who hadn’t visited Pinky’s before and went there with the sole purpose of stealing the money.

The day Lynne was killed was a Sunday. The night before being a Saturday, would probably have been one of the busiest nights of the week and because banks in the UK are closed on Sundays, no banking would have been done since Saturday night, so those takings would likely still be on the premises. To a thief, that could be quite tempting – especially if they knew there would be only one woman working there alone.

On Wednesday 12 June, police launched another hotline. This telephone line would bypass the police switchboard and go directly to a detective, and therefore offer more privacy for Mike, Andy and John who hadn’t come forward. 

If police were hoping to receive a call from the murderer, he might have been put off calling by the headline the Liverpool Echo chose to report on it that day – Hotline Bid to Trap Blondie’s Killer.

I couldn’t help noticing the placement of this report; right next to a story about Julia Roberts, who had become a household name by playing a sex worker in Pretty Women which had been released the previous summer.

Perhaps Andy, Lynne’s 2:20 client, responded to the police’s plea and used the new hotline because on Thursday June 13, police were only asking for Mike and John to come forward.

The headline of the Liverpool Echo’s story on this day was, ‘New Plea to Men on Sauna Murder.’ The opening sentence reads, quote, ‘Police hunting the killer of masseuse Lynne Trenholm have drawn a blank in their search for two men who could help in the investigation,’ end quote. Promising confidence, police urged Mike and John to come forward and promised that their wishes would be respected.

By the end of the week, police still hadn’t heard from the two men. On Friday June 14 renewed their appeal for witnesses. The Echo reported that police had interviewed hundreds of people but were yet to make any major break-through in the hunt for the killer. Reporters had spoken with Lynne’s mother, Joan, who told them that Lynne had been leading a double life.

On Monday 17 June, police divers started to search nearby waterways, the River Dee and the Shropshire Union Canal, for the murder weapon. A police spokeswoman said that police had been appealing for the two men to come forward and gave a description of Mike as aged around 40, 5ft 8 inches tall, slim, with mousey coloured wavy hair, clean-shaven, jeans, and a jumper. The Echo reported that the police believed a painter and decorator from Anglesey might have clues. Anglesey is an island accessed by a suspension bridge just off the north-west coast of Wales. The Echo said police had quote, ‘widened their net to North Wales.’

I found no other mention of their investigations into this and there were no updates on Lynne’s case by the end of the second week of investigation.

On Saturday 22 June, the Liverpool Echo printed a brief update under the headline, ‘Time Up in Blondie Killer Hunt.’ Police apparently had the names and addresses of several men who visited Pinky’s and were giving them an ultimatum; come forward to police by the following night or police will approach them. A quote from the police spokeswoman repeated that coming forward would avoid possible embarrassment.

The following week turned up a new clue, however the Liverpool Echo’s report of this on Tuesday 25 June 1991 had shrunk to 40-words in a side column. In full it read, quote, ‘A green wax jacket may have been worn by the murderer who stabbed Chester masseuse Lynne Trenholm, 29, at Pinky’s sauna in Boughton, say police. Police have appealed for anyone who finds such a blood-stained jacket to contact them,’ end quote. In the text, the word ‘been’ is repeated and masseuse is spelled m-a-s-s-s-u-e-s-e.

By Friday 28 June 1991, police had new information about the man who had the 5pm appointment Lynne. The Liverpool Echo reported that police were trying to trace a, quote, ‘good-looking client who may hold vital clues,’ end quote. The man only known as John was described as being quote, ‘in his late 20s, 6’2″, slim and muscular, clean-shaven and lightly tanned with fair hair,’ end quote.

This man had visited two massage parlors within an hour of Pinky’s in the towns of Warrington and Crewe. During these visits, he had threatened staff. Detectives working on the case hoped the description of this man would lead to a breakthrough. 

This article also reported that a number of people connected to the massage parlor business were offering a substantial reward for information that led to Lynne’s killer to be caught.

A photofit was created and circulated.

Staff at a massage parlour in Manchester called police when a man came in who resembled the photofit. Police arrived, arrested the semi-naked man, and took him in for questioning. His home, which happened to be in the same town as Lynne’s, was searched. However, as reported by the Liverpool Echo on Thursday 04 July 1991, the 36-year-old man was questioned for 24 hours and then released.

5 weeks after Lynne was killed, a newly refurbished Pinky’s reopened with new staff and the papers were left with nothing to report on. 

On 9 August there was a brief article in the Echo which gave a brief overview of the murder and reminded readers that Lynne’s killer was still at large. Interestingly, it noted that police said the motive was burglary but that police refused to say what had been taken.

The next article was on August 19 when it was reported that a large knife which matched the weapon thought to have been used to kill Lynne Trenholm was missing from her home. It was thought that Lynne might have carried the knife for self protection.

There was no mention of Lynne Trenholm or the search for her killer until January 1992 when the possibility of her case  being hindered from a planned 25% cut to Cheshire police’s overtime budget. 

The Liverpool Echo printed a one-sentence update on 19 February 1992 which says, quote, ‘Police have pledged that the hunt for the killer of Chester masseuse Lynne Trenholm, 29, found murdered at Pinky’s, in Boughton, Chester, on June 9 last year would continue, despite announcing that an inquest is to be held on March 17,’ end quote.

In the UK an inquest is held when someone dies from violence or in an unnatural manner, if they die in police custody or in prison, or if the cause of death is unknown. They are separate from a criminal trial and aim to answer how someone died, not who was responsible. 

In November 1991, Lynne’s case was featured on Crimewatch in an attempt to get any new information from the public. A description of John which they mentioned might not be his real name, was given and the photofit was shown. 

The show also asked viewers for any tips about a car that had been seen parked outside of Pinky’s at 4:50pm on the day of the murder. The car was a dark blue metallic Vauxhall Carleton.

Unfortunately, the segment on Crimewatch didn’t turn up anything that led to Lynne’s killer and her case went cold.

Around the 10th anniversary of her death in June 2001, North Wales Live reported that detectives hoped that advances in DNA testing could help police solve Lynne’s case. Det Chf Insp John Armstrong made an appeal for anyone with any information to come forward saying, quote, ‘You may have known someone who you believe may have had an involvement in this murder and has escaped justice for a decade,’ end quote.

In the previous 10 years, over 700 people were questioned by police investigating Lynne’s murder. 

Lynne’s case was also examined as part of a nationwide investigation codenamed Enigma. The Enigma investigation involved 26 police forces from across the UK and was set up to uncover any links between unsolved murders of 207 women. 72 of the cases were said to need ‘further analysis’ but Lynne’s case appears not to have been one of them as in 2001 North Wales Live reported that there has never been anything to link Lynne’s murder to any other. 

On the 21st anniversary of Lynne’s death in 2012, Police launched a renewed  appeal to the public for information. 

Lynne’s mother, Joan, also appealed for help in finding her daughter’s killer. She told the Manchester Evening News, quote, ‘She was my daughter and it didn’t matter what she did for a living at Pinky’s,’ end quote.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Price told The Chester Standard that Lynne’s case had been reviewed the previous year and that Cheshire police remain committed to finding the person responsible. Despite the renewed appeal prompting 18 people to call in with tips in its first weekend, no arrests were made. 

Tragically, this is still where Lynne’s case is at today. 

On May 10 2020 Cheshire Live published an article with the headline, ‘The 29-year Mystery of One of Chester’s Most Baffling Unsolved Murders.’ It gave an overview of Lynne’s murder and finished by saying, quote, ‘Despite numerous appeals and reviews over the past 29 years, including on BBC’s Crimewatch UK, nobody has ever been charged in connection with Lynne’s murder,’ end quote.

Despite furniture taken from the scene being re-examined following advances in DNA testing and the fingerprint being checked against those in the national database over the years, as of the time of recording, in August 2021, Lynne Trenholm’s murder is still unsolved.

Lynne was 29 years old when she was killed. If the man who may still be walking free today hadn’t cut her life so short, Lynne would be 59.

Lynne Trenholm lived in Failsworth, Greater Manchester. Before she worked at Pinky’s she was a nursing home assistant. 

In 1991, Lynne was in a new relationship and she had told her mother that she was going to ask a man to marry her. Her mother, Joan, described Lynne as warm and affectionate and bubbly, cheeky, and dynamic. 

As usual, I’m going to share a few thoughts on this case. Please bear in mind that these are my personal opinions based on what I’ve been able to find out and that I have no background in law enforcement or law.

That being said, the questions I’d like to discuss are whether the police did enough to find Lynne’s killer, whether her case still be solved, and questions the legal approaches to prostitution people are campaigning for the UK to take.

I think it’s impossible to say if police did enough to investigate given the little we know. Lynne’s story wasn’t widely reported in the media but even if it had been a bigger story, I doubt we would know too much more about the police’s investigation as the case is still unsolved.

8 sex workers killed in UK in 1991. Of these eight, which were all women, one was killed by her husband, two men were charged with the murder of another but were then freed due to lack of evidence, one man was acquitted of the murder of a third woman, and the remaining 5 women’s murders, which include Lynne Trenholm, remain unsolved.

It’s well known that the police did little to investigate to be able to connect the multiple murders of sex workers by Peter Sutcliffe in the 1970s and I would hope that 20 years after that when Lynne was killed police would be more proactive when it came to violence against sex workers.

In 1991, I was too young to watch Pretty Woman with it’s softened version of sex work and happily-ever-after ending let alone have any awareness of the realities of sex-work at the time so I tried to find something that would give some insight into sex-workers and their interactions with police in the UK. I found a documentary that was made by BBC2 in 1998 titled Julie’s Story, which focuses on the unsolved muder of sex-worker Julie Jones in 1996.

The documentary features interviews with the Julie Jones’ family, Manchester police, and with sex workers who worked the streets of Manchester alongside Julie Jones. It explores whether claims by sex-workers in Manchester that the murder of one of their own got a second class official response as society sees them as second class citizens.

A sex worker named Anne told the filmmakers that didn’t didn’t think police were really bothered about Julie’s death and that it would be entirely different if she had done any other work, in which case she believed there would have been public outcry. It’s easy to understand why she believes this by the account she gave of one of her interactions with police. She said quote, ‘Well as far as they’re concerned, and they actually turn around and say it to you, that if you’re on the street, you’re there, you’re asking for everything you get. You know what’s happening, if you don’t want to put yourself at risk stay at home,’ end quote.

An officer in Manchester’s vice squad said that quote, ‘Nothing could be further from the truth,’ end quote.

A Detective Superintendent said police put the same amount of effort into every murder whether it be a prostitute or anyone else but later in the documentary he did admit that Manchester police had uncovered a large number of previously unreported violence towards sex workers since investigating the murder of Julie Jones and I think another comment from the member of the vice squad reveals some victim-blaming. Speaking of street sex-workers he said:

‘One might argue they have a choice not to enter that world and I know to a certain extent that isn’t directly our job – our job is to ensure the streets are safe but equally, there is a choice element here to a certain extent. Sometimes, girls when they’re offered that particular choice don’t take it.’

In 2001, ten years after Lynne was murdered, police were criticized for not calling an amnesty on sex workers and their clients after the murder of Rebecca Hall which resulted in witnesses not approaching police.

Numerous British police forces from across the UK have faced critisicm regarding their handling of crimes against sex-workers. 

The Independent in October 2011 reported that experts claim that the public, media, and police only become interested when there is a sensational element to the murders of sex workers such as a serial killer and that individual deaths, ‘often fail to capture public attention or sympathy, reflecting the negative attitudes many people still hold towards women who sell sex for a living.’

One of my initial thoughts while reading the news articles from 1991 following Lynne’s murder was that the police seemed to be asking a lot by asking the men who had been at Pinky’s on the day of the murder to come to them – though on reflection I think I was a bit quick to judge. Solving a murder with no witnesses which took place in a brothel in the 1990s is no easy task. 

The crime scene is in a place used by many people which would make the forensic investigation a nightmare, it’s in a cash-based business that keeps no records of its customers, and where pseudo names are commonly used – the man who never came forward was only known as John, the well-known slang term for a sex-worker’s client – and of course with it being the early 90s, CCTV was few and far between. 

I think the police needed the men to come forward because they had no way of finding them without the public’s help.

Something I first found myself angered by was the police’s emphasis on saving the men who had been at Pinky’s the day of the murder from embarrassment – especially as the men came forward and police were appealing for John to come forward – though after more thought, the police might have been doing their best to get more information when they had little else to go on. Also, two men had been seen leaving Pinky’s on the afternoon Lynne was killed and if one of these men was the murderer, the man with him might have been more likely to contact police if they were taking a seemingly softer approach.

Given the circumstances, I think it’s more than likely that the client known as John did kill Lynne Trenholm; this is presuming that her boyfriend at the time was thoroughly looked at and ruled out.

This man would now be over the age of fifty.

I found no newspaper reports of the murder from 1991 in any nationwide newspapes and I only found one artice in the British National Archives that wasn’t from the locally circulated Liverpool Echo; a single short article in the Aberdeen Evening Express, so there may well be people out there with important information who didn’t hear of Lynne’s murder and missed the police’s appeals.

Because of this, and because of the fingerprint, I do think Lynne’ case can be solved.

I found no mention of accent, which makes me think that the John character was local. He was known to have been violent towards staff at other massage parlors in the area and I would think that an non-local accent would have been noticed by the staff who gave this information to police.

This man might still be living in the area – he could be a neighbour, a familiar face at the local pub, or someone you know.

While researching Lynne’s case, there was an error in the online search of past newspapers and an article unrelated to Lynne’s case was included in the results. Coincidentally, this article was in the local paper of where I grew up and the name of the small village I lived in caught my eye, as did the name of the street that my childhood best friend lived on. I was then shocked to read that a man that lived on her street had been imprisoned for setting fire to his own home with his family inside, killing three of his children. He was dragged out of the house and his wife and baby were able to escape. I grew up in that village and like most small communities, people like to talk, yet I had never heard of this. So if you are in the Manchester – Liverpool area, or have friends or family who are, please mention Lynne’s case – they might know something that could help find her killer.

There is also the chance that this John is no longer in the area but don’t let that put you off if you think you might have some information; many people leave an area after committing a crime, he might have travelled to Chester from somewhere else, and it happened 30 years ago which leaves plenty of time to have relocated.

If you have any information that could help police, you can report it by calling 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Thirty years is a long time to keep something to yourself. Someone else might know what happened and might have let something slip over the years. Not many details were given by police; we don’t know where and the number of times Lynne was stabbed, and what, if anything else was taken. We do know that money was taken so anyone who suddenly had a large amount of cash around June 1991 would be of interest to police.

The knife, believed to be a 10 inch butcher’s knife from Lynne’s kitchen, wasn’t found. Who knows, that could be wrapped up or in a tin in someone’s attic. The green wax jacket was only mentioned once but also doesn’t appear to have been found.

And the car mentioned on Crimewatch could be another clue. It was a metallic dark green Vauxhall Carleton. I’ve put a photo of the same model car on turnedupdead.com.

Police believe that many Pinky’s customers didn’t make themselves known – even if they were nowhere near Pinky’s, and are innocent of Lynne’s murder – they might have information that is still valuable. These men would be 50 and older today.

There are probably women who worked at Pinky’s who haven’t spoken to police about Lynne’s murder who might also hold vital information. Women who worked in Pinky’s would be in their late 40s and older. 

If you have any information that could help police, you can report it by calling 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The police have the fingerprint and more recent testing of other evidence might have given them a DNA profile. Even if the man who murdered Lynne Trenholm is dead, her case still needs to be solved.

Between 1990 and 2016 180 sex workers were murdered and 110 of these murders were directly sex-work-related. This number only accounts for those who were found and I think it’s likely that some missing sex-workers are undiscovered murder victims.

I believe UK laws regarding prostitution have contributed to the public’s and the police’s unsympathetic attitude towards sex-workers in the past and that its current laws may well be doing more harm than good.

*Just to note; when I use the words prostitution and prostitute, it’s in reference to the UK laws which use this terminology.

So what are the laws on prostitution in the UK? 

The buying and selling of sexual sevices including sex isn’t illegal in the UK but there are many laws concerning it which make related activities illegal. 

Some of these illegal activities are buying and selling sex in public, controlling prostution, managing a brothel, and activities linked to exploitation. All laws are gender-neutral.

The laws surrounding prostitution aim to protect people forced into prostitution and target those making a living from the earnings of prostitutes but those who want to see these laws abolished say they are putting sex workers at risk.

The English Collective of Prostitutes are campaigning for the decriminalisation of all prostitution-specific laws, laws on trafficking are seperate and the English Collective of Prostitutes are not asking for the removal of these. 

In 2009 a new policing and crime act came into effect and was quickly criticised for making sex work more dangerous. Some parts of it are good; it gave police the power to raid any premise where they suspected sex workers being ‘controlled for gain’ were working. I think everyone will agree that that’s a good thing.

The problem was that the act also gave police power to raid and close any place they suspect to be a brothel and UK law sees a brothel as any place where two or more prostitutes work together. So the act applies to two adult sex workers who have entered prostitution willingly and work together for safety. The English Collective of Prostitutes say this makes sex-workers to choose between breaking the law and risking their own safety. A statistic on their website says that 74% of off-street sex wokers are mothers who need to provide for their children.

In 2020, a sex-worker named Emily told Sky News that the law puts women like her in danger on a daily basis and asked quote, ‘How can we keep ourselves safe when we’re on our own?’ end quote. Emily is a single mother who could face at least 7 years in prison if caught working in her own apartment with another sex worker.

Cis gendered women like Emily do make up the majority of sex workers but there many transgender women and male sex workers whose lives are also affected by these laws. In 1991, 2 of the murdered sex workers were men and 3 were transgender women.

Some of those who oppose decriminalizing prostitution-specific laws want new laws to make the purchasing sexual services illegal. This is the model in some European countries, Canada and Northern Ireland and is known as the The Nordic model due it being first introduced in Sweden in 1999. It’s also called Sex Buyer Law.

Cease.org.uk is one organisation that campaigns for the introduction of this approach in the UK. Cease, the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation, view prostitution is a global human rights violation. Their website states, quote, ‘we maintain the position that the Swedish approach – of criminalising those who purchase sexual access whilst decriminalising those within prostitution – is the most effective way of combating the grave human rights abuse that is the system of prostitution,’ end quote.

When I first heard of this approach, I agreed with it but I’ve since changed my mind. It groups all sex workers as victims who need rescuing from prostitution and no matter what your moral view on buying sex, that just isn’t the case. 

Obviously people being controlled by others and being forced into providing sexual services is bad but they’re not sex workers; they’re slavery and rape victims. I haven’t mentioned sex workers addicted to drugs – my opinion there is they need medical help for their addictions and shouldn’t be treated as criminals for prostitution.

The English Collective of Prostitutes say they are campaigning to decriminalise sex work to make all women safe. 

In some parts of the world, many workers, mostly women, and even children, are exploited and have little or no choice other than work in dangerous circumstances in garment factories, but our reaction to this isn’t to make garment factories illegal. Or to stop people buying clothes altogether. We easily understand that not all garment factory workers are in that situation and that people will always want clothes. The clothes example is a little silly but that’s what governments around the world have been trying to do with sex work for a long time, and failing.

I think we should listen to sex workers and get over the fact that some people will always want to pay for sexual services and others are willing to provide them and I’m not alone in thinking this. A 2019 study revealed that the majority of the British public supposed sex-work law reform and MPs have also called for changes to the law.

You can learn more about the argument for decriminalizing prostitution related laws by using #MakeAllWomenSafe and if you would like to support the English Collective of Prostitutes in their campaign, you can sign their petition – there’s a link in the show description.

During research, I learned of a possibly life-saving app and website named Uglymugs. Its a way for sex workers to inform each other about clients who have been violent or have mistreated sex workers in some other way. If you are a sex worker please check it out and if you know anyone who is, please tell them about it. I wasn’t able to find the same thing in the US but I did find a website named VerifyHim which some sex workers used.

And finally, if you have any information that could help identify Lynne Trenholm’s killer, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, please report it by calling 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Thank you for listening to Turned Up Dead. All sources can be found at turnedupdead.com and there’s a link directly to them in the episode description. 

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Online Articles


Liverpool Echo articles from the British newspapers archive


  • Blondie’s Sauna Killer Hunted, 10 June 1991
  • Stolen Cash Clue in Hunt for Lynne’s Murderer, 11 June 1991
  • Hotline Bid to Trap Blondie’s Killer, 12 June 1991
  • New Plea to Men on Sauna Murder, 13 June 1991
  • ‘Double Life’ of Murdered Blondie, 14 June 1991
  • Rivers Hunt for Murder Weapon, 17 June 1991
  • Time Up in Blondie Killer Hunt , 22 June 1991
  • Jacket Clue, 25 June 1991
  • New Clue in Hunt For Sauna Killer, 28 June 1991
  • Suspect Freed Police blank on murder of masseuse, Thurs 04 July 1991
  • Pinky’s to Reopen, 13 July 1991
  • Cuts Threaten Murder Hunts, 02 January 1992
  • Murder Hunt, 19 February 1992