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Forensic evidence initially put Taft in the frame for killing.

THE Beauty in the Bath case initially stumped the murder detectives investigating Cynthia Bolshaw's death.

It was not until Det Supt Dave Smith arrived as head of Wirral CID in 1999 that the cold case was reopened.

Breakthroughs in DNA technology spurred him to have the Forensic Science Service retest evidence that had been in storage since 1983.

The tests found a trace of Mr Taft's semen on Mrs Bolshaw's negligee, which led to him being named as a prime suspect.

Now lawyer David Kirwan and Mr Taft hope forensic evidence will free him from Risley Prison two years before the end of his life sentence.

But police last night insisted the conviction was safe.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: Following a thorough and professional police investigation, the case was put before the courts.

"The jury heard all the evidence and passed a majority guilty verdict.

"A number of applications for leave to appeal against the conviction have since been considered by Appeal Court judges, who have concluded that there is nothing to suggest the verdict was unsafe.

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The bungalow in Buffs Lane, Heswall, where Cynthia Bolshaw was murdered
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