Ian Huntley Now: The Soham Murderer Has Attempted Suicide Severally

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Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were the unfortunate victims of Ian Huntley’s depravity. The girls, clad in Manchester United jerseys, left a family barbecue to purchase sweets and snacks from a vending machine in the town center. On the way back, they met Ian, who lured them into his house. 

After murdering the girls and disposing of their bodies in an irrigated ditch ten miles away, Ian joined the search for the missing girls. He gave interviews in the press pleading for their safe return. In the end, his close association with the search efforts led to his arrest: he slipped up while talking to the press and police. 

By the time authorities found Holly and Jessica’s bodies, Ian Huntley was a key suspect in their disappearance. 

Ian Huntley, a shell of his former self, lives out his days in prison 

On 8th August 2002, four days after Chapman and Wells disappeared, Ian asked a journalist whether police had found the girls’ clothes. However, at the time, he was the only one who knew that he’d cut the clothes off the girls’ bodies and attempted to burn them. 

The same day, he quizzed Special Constable Sharon Gilbert about the longevity of DNA evidence. The query and Ian’s demeanor made Sharon feel uneasy about him. She says in Channel 5’s Soham: the murder of Holly and Jessica:

“He was very relaxed in his talking, he wasn’t nervous in any way shape or form. Quite early in the conversation he said to me, ‘how long said does DNA evidence last?’ Everything about him made me feel uneasy, he had very strange eyes, like he’s looking at your but through you, like you’re not there.”

Following his arrest, police found numerous pieces of forensic evidence linking him to the murders. In December 2003, a court found him guilty of two counts of murder and sentenced him to life in prison, with a minimum of 40 years. 

Ian Huntley will be 71 by the time he’s eligible for parole in 2042. Reports indicate that Ian displays two identities at HMP Frankland Prison in County Durham: he swings from abusive and self-pompous to sulky and self-pitying. 

“He has constant ups and downs. On a high he’ll walk the corridors, mocking other prisoners and acting the big man,” a source explained

A source speaking to The Sun said that few would recognize Ian in his current sorry state, despite his numerous appearances in the media following the murders. “He’s almost unrecognizable now from what the public would remember. He looks like a skinny old man with no fight left in him,” the source said. 

Huntley has attempted suicide severally and is unpopular with other famous prisoners 

Four years after his imprisonment, Ian attempted suicide by overdosing on prescription medication. Huntley, who was on suicide watch, was taken to an undisclosed hospital. 

Reports indicate that Ian has tried to commit suicide severally. 

Huntley is not a popular inmate in prison, especially with other famous killers. In 2005, convicted spree killer Mark Hobson scalded Ian with boiling water. In 2008, convicted armed robber Damien Fowkes slashed Ian in the neck, forcing him to require medical attention. 

In 2017, Ian had an encounter with the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe. Peter verbally abused Ian, calling him a ‘child killing bastard.’ Sutcliffe’s brother Carl said that Peter believes he’s better than Ian:

“Peter thinks he’s a higher class of killer than Huntley, but a ­murderer is a murderer in my eyes. He doesn’t like Huntley at all. Peter’s always been good with kids and he must think killing two children is worse than 13 women. But it doesn’t make sense to me.”

Ian is a loner, preferring to watch television and play video games in his cell rather than engage in social activities. “Huntley rarely gets involved in group activity and never goes to the yard,” a source said. “He stands around by the kitchens, moaning he wants more food.”

Huntley expressed remorse for killing the girls via a 2018 confession tape 

Ian Huntley didn’t deny killing Wells and Chapman; however, he claimed it was an accident. His statements contradicted with the likely cause of death – asphyxiation. 

After Ian’s arrest, it emerged that Ian had been linked to a sexual attack on a woman in his hometown of Grimsby. Authorities had also investigated Ian for rape and underage sex with girls. 

People found out that he’d groomed and gotten pregnant a 15-year-old girl named Katie. She gave birth to a daughter named Samantha Bryan, who subsequently disowned Ian. 

In 2018, Samantha wrote to Ian in prison asking for an explanation for the murders. She expected him to show remorse, but all he did was evade the request. She explained:

“I hoped for remorse, but instead I got evasion. I could never forgive him for what he did, but I did think he might do the right thing and say what he did and how he feels about his terrible crime. I thought perhaps he would do something decent now he’s had 15 years in prison to think about what he’s done.”

The evidence showed that Ian was a serial offender; his reaction after the guilty verdict demonstrated that he harbored no remorse for his actions. In prison, he bragged about the murders as a documentary about his crimes aired. 

However, via a series of prison recordings, Huntley confessed to and expressed regret for committing the murders. Ian said

“What I will say is that I am so terribly, terribly sorry for what I have done. And I am sorry for what I have done, sorry for the pain I have caused to the families and friends of Holly and Jessica, for the pain I have caused my family and friends, and for the pain I have caused the community of Soham.”

“I am genuinely, genuinely sorry and it breaks my heart when it is reported I have no remorse.”

Maxine Carr was given a new identity after spending 21 months in prison 

Maxine Carr (Courtesy: Coventry Telegraph)

Maxine Carr, Ian’s girlfriend at the time, tried to give Ian an alibi. Carr claimed that she was at home with Ian when the murders occurred, but she was over 100 miles away visiting relatives. 

She eventually confessed to the police about the false alibi but continued to defend Ian. Authorities were convinced that Maxine had nothing to do with the murders but charged her with attempting to pervert the course of justice and assisting an offender. 

Carr was found guilty of the first count and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. She was released after 21 months and handed a new identity. 

In 2005, a court granted Maxine lifelong anonymity. The order bans publication of details concerning her work or address. Mr. Justice Eady ruled:

“I am satisfied that the only effective means of discharging the court’s protective duty is to grant the injunction in the terms sought. It is necessary to protect life and limb and psychological health.”

However, he said that upon proof of a change in circumstances, an interested party could apply for a discharge or variation of the order.

Maxine has reportedly rebuilt her life and married a man who knows about her past. It has allegedly cost the taxpayer £2.5 million to provide her with a new identity and protection. 

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  1. Diane says:

    Why is he allowed to watch TV and play video games? What kind of punishment is feeding and housing an inmate who gets to spend all day playing video games? That’s absurd!