Twenty years ago, when Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, two schoolgirls, were killed in Soham in a brutal way, the town fell apart.
Two children were killed on August 4, 2002, in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England. Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman, who were both 10 years old, were killed in a horrible way.
They were tricked into going to the house of Ian Kevin Huntley, who lived there and took care of the school. He allegedly choked the girls to death and dumped their bodies in a ditch near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. On August 17, 2002, police found the girls’ bodies.
Within two weeks of Holly and Jessica going missing, there was one of the most thorough and intense searches for them in the history of British crime.
Why did Ian Huntley kill the people in Soham?
Ian Huntley was found guilty of killing both girls on December 17, 2003. He was given two life sentences, and the High Court later set a minimum sentence of 40 years.
BBC says that Maxine Ann Carr, Huntley’s girlfriend and an assistant teacher for the girls, gave him a fake alibi on purpose. But the alibi was found to be false, and she had to deal with the consequences.
Carr had told the media at first that the two had been at their house in Soham. Still, she later told the police that she was at her North Lincolnshire home when her daughters went missing.
Ian and Maxine were both arrested, and Mr. Farmer was asked to give the police a report of what he and the two of them talked about.
Carr was given a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for her part in Huntley’s plan to mess with the court system.
Mr. Farmer, who is 61 years old, thought it was strange that Huntley, who didn’t know the girls very well, spoke up when Carr was asked about stranger danger.
Huntley told the reporter that he thought Holly would get in the car and leave quietly, but Mr. Farmer said that Jessica wouldn’t do that.
“I remember wondering, “Why is he acting so tense?” Why does he care so much? When he answered the question, my main thought was, “Well, he can’t know how they’ll react, can he?”
Linda and Kevin Huntley are the parents of Ian Huntley
The parents of Ian Huntley, Linda and Kevin Huntley, knew what he had done.
The Sun says that in his book The Blood We Share, Wayne talks about 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 it from the kitchen.
Her son, Ian, was there. He would tell her that the police had him locked up in a hotel room near Cambridge.
What he didn’t say was what made his sad mother think that he had killed the girls.
Linda asked the question she didn’t want to hear the answer to, “Did you do it?” Her family stood by her to give her support. Wayne, the older brother’s younger son, told what happened: “There was a long pause, and then he said, “I love you, Mom.”” She knew he had done it right at that moment.
Huntley’s girlfriend, Maxine Carr, called Linda in a panic while Wayne and Kevin drove him the eight miles to Littleport.
Police had already talked to him about the girls who had gone missing.
Now, Maxine, who is 25 years old, said he had disappeared and she thought he was going to kill himself. Maxine didn’t know that Huntley was being taken to the exciting family reunion.
Linda remembered that she was upset. She said that Ian would not be coming back.
“I knew what she meant when she said that he was going to kill himself. I told her that he was coming back.
Even though the meeting wasn’t happy, Kevin gave his older son a hug. His mom left her room slowly and with care.
When she saw that Ian’s eyes were sad and his face was pale, she started to cry. Wayne said, “He looked terrible.”
What happened to Ian Huntley?
Ian Huntley is in HMP Frankland in Durham right now, and he won’t be considered for release until 2042.
Ian has met a few well-known people while he has been in prison. Mark Hobson, who had been convicted of killing a lot 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 the hospital.
Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, cursed him out during an argument in their Category A cell, which was found in 2017.
In 2018, the killer was said to have apologized for killing the schoolgirls. But the Sun says that he filmed a confession to the murders while he was inside.
The article in the paper said: “I’m truly, deeply sorry, and it breaks my heart when people say I have no regrets and enjoy something. I’m not. I can’t make any changes. I can’t go back and change what I did back then.