Born 23 Aug 1947 Death 04 Jun 2000
Dutch-born Jaap Bornkamp. 52, of Norbury Hill, Norbury, was stabbed in the heart as two men walked past him and a friend in New Cross Road at 7.24am on June 4, 2000 shortly after leaving the 309 all-night gay sauna. He was rushed to Lewisham Hospital where he died three hours later. The unprovoked attack was treated as homophobic from the outset. The identification of the murder was hindered by poor CCTV footage, inconclusive DNA evidence and the subsequent death of the only witness, Jaap’s companion on the day. This resulted in the suspects being released. The case received media attention as well as two appearances on Crimewatch. In 2002, his former partner of 20 years doubled the police reward to £20,000 in a renewed appeal for information.
The murder remains unresolved.
Suspected: CCTV Stills of the two suspects in the murder
- Transpontine (26 09 2011) Gay New Cross
- Findagrave.com (2009) – Jaap Bornkamp
- Plaintrees.wordpress (04 10 2009) Turing – I can’t go on, I will go on
- theguardian (15 05 2007) Hugh Muir – Officer’s Homophobia hampered murder investigations, says review
- LGBT Advisory Group (2007) – Thematic Review of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Related Murders pdf document
- Croydon Guardian (21 10 2002) Men held over 2000 homophobic murder
- thisiswiltshire (31 05 2002) Police revew appeals two years after killing
- News Shopper (05 11 2001) Police still search for killer
- thefreelibrary (19 09 2000) Police hope wanted posters will nab killers;Billboard bobbies: Turning to advertising to catch murders.
- BBC News (19 09 2000) Giant poster bid to solve killing
- Scotishmediamonitor – Mary, Like it or not, Part 46 – Badge of Shame