There was recently a piece in one of daily papers about cold children, that is those who are distant, unemotional and unresponsive to others emotions. It went on to say how they can become killers, even at young ages. It made reference to a double murder in Newcastle in England. Hey R, do you remember this back in 1968?
He certainly did. At the age of 10 Mary Bell killed Martin Brown, aged 4 and at 11 she killed Brian Howe, aged 3. Mary lived with her mother on the West Road, and R recalls peering into where the house where they lived after the murders. The second child was killed on wasteland very near where R lived. Mary was convicted of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility at the Newcastle Assizes and she was detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure. She was released in 1980, aged 23, and in 1984 gave birth to her own daughter. In 2003 she won an order for her and her daughter's anonymity for life. Her daughter is seemingly very 'normal'.
Maybe some of you remember the case. I cannot, but I can certainly remember the subsequent murder of James Bulger.