The list below, published here for the first time, reveals the names of the 37 people who died in an arson attack on two nightclubs in central London in 1980. They represent a cross-section of London life, cut short in what remains London’s deadliest postwar fire.
The most remarkable thing about researching the story of these forgotten murders, also published today, is that, 35 years later, even many of the families of the victims know little about what happened.
I spoke to Reg Coward, who only learned a few years ago that his cousin, Diana Coward, had died alongside 36 other people. Alex Reinhard, the son of a Colombian victim, Alejandro Vargas, thinks that he will never know exactly what happened to his father.
John Thompson was charged for just one murder, that of Archibald Campbell, who was 63. Few other names were mentioned in the coverage of the fire. Matt Rendell, a writer who spent years trying to find out more about it, managed to acquire this list.
There may be spelling errors below. Please contact me, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. And do read the full story, and my attempt to ask the question: why was the Denmark Place fire forgotten?
DOLAN Peter Alan
LONDONO Luz Mary
SAGASTA-JULDAIN Juan Antonio
SOTO Carlos Alberto
TAYLOR-HARDING Eustace Ralph
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