Tributes to man who solved 100 murders

TRIBUTES Supercop John Marshall
TRIBUTES Supercop John Marshall
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who solved 100 murder cases with the police as well as having a successful career in local politics.

The funeral of John James Marshall MBE, known as Jim, was held yesterday at Wessex Vale Crematorium, in Southampton.

Mr Marshall died, aged 97, at the Firs care home, in Locks Heath, on January 5.

Mr Marshall served for three years in Burma during the Second World War, joining the police when he left his wartime service.

He rose through the ranks and over a 20-year career solved 100 murders with Brighton CID, before finally retiring from Sussex Police as head of the CID in 1976.

On leaving the police he began a career in local politics, representing the Nevill ward for the Conservative party on the former Hove Borough Council, which even led a road in Hove – Marshall Way – being named after him.

Hove Conservative Councillor Graham Cox, also a former Sussex detective, paid tribute to Mr Marshall.

He said: ‘Mr Marshall was spoken about in the most respectful terms when I worked in the Hove CID office.

‘As a junior detective I remember him expressing his mild disappointment at our failure to prevent thefts from the Nevill Road allotments, another cause close to his heart.

‘He helped us when we, sadly unsuccessfully, reopened the investigation into the murder of Keith Lyon in the mid-90s. I think this was the only murder he investigated which went undetected.

‘It was incredible seeing how thorough and meticulous he had been, all without the help of computers and other modern technology.’

Mr Marshall was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his work, which he wrote a book about in later life.

Some of the most famous cases he worked on included the a biker gang’s murder of Clive ‘Ollie’ Olive, whose body was dumped in Shoreham Harbour. He also worked on the case of child abuse victim Maria Colwell.

Mr Marshall, a great-grandfather, was devoted to his wife, Bette, and he cared for her for many years until her death last year.

Heather Newberry-Martin, Conservative party agent for Hove, said: ‘I have the fondest memories of Jim. He had a heart of gold and told a really good story. He was a true gentleman who will be very much missed.’