Let us delve into the dark tales of the United Kingdom’s most infamous child murderers, ranging from the shocking deeds of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson to the heart-wrenching story of Elizabeth Edwards’ killers.
In a cold and ruthless act, the pair viciously stabbed 49-year-old Elizabeth Edwards and her 13-year-old daughter Katie as they peacefully slept in their beds. During the trial, it became evident that she was the mastermind behind this heinous plot to end the lives of Elizabeth and Katie.
Elizabeth Edwards with daughter Katie who were both found dead in their home in Spalding
In his concluding statement, the prosecutor, Peter Joyce QC, described the girl as exuding brutality and contempt from every fiber of her being, holding the lives of her alleged victims as cheaply as one would regard a hamster or a goldfish.
Elizabeth’s killers ate tea cakes and ice cream after murdering her and her young daughter
However, these young killers are not the first to perpetrate such shocking crimes that shook the nation. Long before them, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, at the tender age of ten, committed the heartrending murder of two-year-old James Bulger.
The entire nation was horrified when the innocent child was abducted, subjected to torture, and ultimately murdered by these malevolent boys, whose actions were then concluded by abandoning the lifeless body on railway tracks in 1993.
Another harrowing case unfolded in December 2014, involving two teenagers referred to as Girl A and Girl B in court. They mercilessly tortured and murdered Angela, a solitary woman, all while callously recording the gruesome attack on their phones. Earning the infamous title of “Snapchat killers,” they even had the audacity to take a smiling selfie inside a police van after committing the heinous act.
Angela’s murder earned these teenagers a minimum sentence of 15 years in jail. A neighbor described the girls individually as sweet, but when together, they transformed into devils.
Decades earlier, in 1968, Mary Bell, aged just ten, strangled Martin Brown, four, and Brian Howe, three, solely for the thrill and excitement of killing. Sentenced to life in detention, she was eventually released at the age of 23, provided with a new identity to protect her daughter born four years later. She has since lived under multiple assumed identities, relocating numerous times to avoid being identified.
The list continues with three teenage offenders: brothers Connor Doran, 17, and Brandon Doran, 14, along with their 14-year-old friend Simon Evans. These youths were sentenced to what is essentially life in prison after beating a homeless man, Kevin Bennett, to death outside a supermarket in Liverpool during 2012. Ringleader Connor Doran taunted Evans into participating in the attack, leading to the tragic demise of Mr. Bennett.
Victim James Attfield with his mother Julie Finch
Lastly, James Fairweather emerged as Britain’s youngest serial killer. After murdering two strangers, James Attfield and Nahid Almanea, he devised sinister plans to claim the lives of fifteen more victims.
These somber tales serve as a stark reminder of the darkest depths that some young souls can sink into, leaving a trail of grief and horror in their wake.