Sunday, 10 July 2016

A shocking school project

"The daughter of the Soham killer, Ian Huntley, has revealed she only found out the true identity of her father after being given a school project on the murderer."

"Aged 14, Samantha Bryan was in a citizenship class when she discovered her natural father was Mr Huntley, who murdered 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002."

"Instructed to research ‘notorious crimes’ connected to the Grimsby area, Miss Bryan, of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, was given a list of names and found a photograph of herself and her mother on Google in relation to the murder, the Mail on Sunday reports."

"`It was like being thumped in the chest,` Miss Bryan told the newspaper. `I began to shake, I couldn't stop the tears`..."

"Now 18, Miss Bryan was previously protected by anonymity granted by courts, but gave the interview to prove `she is as different from Huntley as it is possible to be`."

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Apart from the shock to Ian Huntley`s daughter, a school project such as `notorious crimes connected to the Grimsby area` does not strike me as being a particularly healthy exercise for young people.

As well as that, there are many unanswered questions about the Huntley case itself.

For example, why was Ian Huntley removed to Rampton psychiatric hospital after his arrest? If he was fit to stand trial, why was he not allowed to appear in front of the magistrates the following day?

What accounts for Huntley`s transformation from a calm, plausible young man to a drooling, shaking wreck at his eventual court appearance nearly two months later?


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