Beast of Birkenhead confessed.
Her car had run out of petrol on Borough Road as she returned from her evening job at the Wellington Hotel in Bebington and she had gone in search of petrol.
Diane, 21, was just 500 yards from an all-night garage when her attacker struck.
Details surrounding the way the florist died were so appalling they were never released by police.
But details leaked out and word went round that a ``wolfman'' was at large and might strike again.
Diane had been repeatedly smashed over the head with a 2ft crowbar.
After dragging her body into a darkened alleyway off Birkenhead's main dual carriageway, the attacker ripped away at her clothes and set upon her.
The death led to Merseyside Police's biggest murder led by the deputy head of Merseyside CID, Superintendent Tom Baxter,and Superintendent Roger Corker, the head of Wirral CID.
The trail led police to Peter Sullivan, 29, a loner,of Queensbury Gardens, who was trapped drinking in a town centre pub. Dental and forensic evidence linked Sullivan,described as the beast of Birkenhead, to the crime and he admitted to the murder during questioning,although he was later to withdraw that confession.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Mar 8, 2003|
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