Twenty years ago, when Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, two schoolgirls, were brutally killed in Soham, the town fell apart.
Two children were killed on August 4, 2002 in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England. Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman, both 10, were gruesomely killed.
They were tricked into visiting Ian Kevin Huntley, who lived there and looked after the school. He allegedly suffocated the girls to death and dumped their bodies in a ditch near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. On August 17, 2002, the police found the girls’ bodies.
In the two weeks following Holly and Jessica’s disappearance, there has been one of the most thorough and intense searches in British crime history.
Why did Ian Huntley kill the people of Soham?
Ian Huntley was found guilty of murdering the two girls on December 17, 2003. He received two life sentences and the High Court later set a minimum sentence of 40 years.
The BBC says Maxine Ann Carr, Huntley’s girlfriend and an assistant teacher for girls, willingly gave him a false alibi. But the alibi turned out to be false and she had to face the consequences.
Carr initially told the media that the pair were at home in Soham. Yet she later told police she was at home in North Lincolnshire when her daughters went missing.
Both Ian and Maxine were arrested and Mr Farmer was asked to hand over a report to the police about what he and the two had talked about.
Carr was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for her role in Huntley’s plan to disrupt the justice system.
Mr Farmer, who is 61, found it strange that Huntley, who did not know the girls very well, spoke up when Carr was asked about the danger of strangers.
Huntley told the reporter he thought Holly would get in the car and drive away quietly, but Mr Farmer said Jessica wouldn’t.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘Why is he so tense? Why does he care so much? When he answered the question, my main thought was, “Well, he can’t know how they’re going to react, can he?” »
Linda and Kevin Huntley are the parents of Ian Huntley
Ian Huntley’s parents, Linda and Kevin Huntley, knew what he had done.
The Sun says that in his book The Blood We Share, Wayne recounts how his brother was arrested for killing two 10-year-old schoolgirls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, five hours after their heartbroken mother found out he was the killer.
On August 16, 2002, at midnight, the phone rang. Linda Huntley, his mother, got him from the kitchen.
Her son, Ian, was there. He would tell her that the police had had him locked up in a hotel room near Cambridge.
What he didn’t say was what made his sad mother think he had killed the girls.
Linda asked the question she didn’t want to hear the answer to: “Did you do it?” His family was there to support him. Wayne, the older brother’s younger son, recounted what happened: “There was a long pause and then he said, ‘I love you, mom. “She knew he had done well then.
Huntley’s girlfriend Maxine Carr called Linda in a panic as Wayne and Kevin drove him the eight miles to Littleport.
The police had already told him about the girls who had disappeared.
Now Maxine, who is 25, said he was missing and she thought he was going to kill himself. Maxine had no idea Huntley was being taken to the exciting family reunion.
Linda remembered that she was upset. She said Ian wasn’t coming back.
“I knew what she meant when she said he was going to kill himself. I told her he was coming back.
Even though the reunion wasn’t a happy one, Kevin gave his eldest son a hug. Her mother left her room slowly and carefully.
When she saw that Ian’s eyes were sad and his face was pale, she started crying. Wayne said, “He looked terrible.”
What happened to Ian Huntley?
Ian Huntley is currently at HMP Frankland in Durham, and his release will not be considered until 2042.
Ian met a few well-known people while he was in prison. Mark Hobson, who had been convicted of killing a large number of people, burned the murderer with hot water in HMP Wakefield in 2005.
Two years after he was taken to HMP Frankland in 2008, a convicted armed robber cut his neck, sending him to hospital.
Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe cursed him during an argument in their Grade A cell, which was found in 2017.
In 2018, the killer reportedly apologized for killing the schoolgirls. But the Sun says he filmed a confession to the murders while inside.
The newspaper article read, “I am truly, deeply sorry, and it breaks my heart when people say I have no regrets and appreciate something. I’m not. I cannot make any changes. I can’t go back and change what I did then.