Babes In The Wood killer Russell Bishop dies from brain cancer aged 55

Babes In The Wood killer Russell Bishop dies from brain cancer aged 55 – four years after being brought to justice for murdering two nine-year-old girls

  • Murderer passed away in hospital last night, two years after cancer diagnosis
  • He murdered best friends Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in 1986
  • Bishop had been receiving palliative care in prison since October
  • Babes in the Wood killer Russell Bishop has died from brain cancer.

    The murderer, 55, passed away in hospital last night after being rushed there from the top security HMP Frankland, Hy het hartaanvalle gehad en was besig om blind te word.

    He murdered best friends Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway, albei nege, in 1986 before dumping their bodies in woodland near their homes in Brighton.

    In 2020, it was reported he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer, but this later spread to his brain.

    Babes in the Wood killer Russell Bishop has died from brain cancer. The murderer, 55, passed away in hospital last night after being rushed there from the top security HMP Frankland, Hy het hartaanvalle gehad en was besig om blind te word

    Babes in the Wood killer Russell Bishop has died from brain cancer. The murderer, 55, passed away in hospital last night after being rushed there from the top security HMP Frankland, Hy het hartaanvalle gehad en was besig om blind te word

    Volgens The Sun, the killer died in hospital last night while being watched over by a pair of prison officers.

    Bishop lured the two best friends Nicola and Karen to a secluded den in Brighton’s Wild Park where he sexually assaulted and strangled them.

    The tragic discovery was made just half a mile from both of the girl’s family homes.

    Bishop was cleared of the Babes in the Wood murders in 1987 after a series of blunders by police, forensic experts and prosecutors.

    Nicola Fellows

    Karen Hadaway

    Bishop brutally killed Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in 1986 when they were both just nine

    Within three years he went on to kidnap, molest and throttle a seven-year-old girl at Devil’s Dyke.

    While serving life for that crime, Bishop was ordered to face a fresh trial for Nicola and Karen’s murders in light of a DNA breakthrough.

    He was finally convicted of Nicola and Karen’s murders in 2018 after his acquittals were quashed in 2017.

    ’n Bron het gisteraand aan The Sun gesê: ‘Bishop spent his last weeks in relative peacea world away from the torment he has caused the girls’ gesinne.

    ‘There will be few tears shed for his passing.

    The killer was reportedly taken to hospital yesterday after his health deteriorated rapidly in prison and he began suffering from breathing difficulties.

    He passed away shortly before 9pm last night.

    In Oktober verlede jaar, the killer was urged by Nicola and Karen’s families to finally come clean and confess to his horrific crimes after decades of denials.

    Bishop pictured after his initial arrest for the 1986 Babes in the Wood-moorde

    Bishop pictured after his initial arrest for the 1986 Babes in the Wood-moorde

    Hulle het vertel Die spieël: ‘Russell Bishop has a chance to come clean before he dies unless he is a bigger coward than he has always seemed.

    How journalist Martin Bashir lost Karen Hadaway’s clothes

    The Babes in the Woods case was brought to public attention last year when Karen’s mother accused journalist Martin Bashir of losing her daughter’s clothes.

    Michelle Hadaway said the former BBC religion editor obtained the clothes for DNA testing for BBC Two’s Public Eye programme 30 jare terug, but the investigation did not air and her calls to the broadcaster were ignored, het sy beweer.

    Ms Hadaway previously said Mr Bashir approached her in 1991 and asked to have her daughter’s clothing DNA tested, saying that science had advanced in the five years since the murders, but never returned the clothes.

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    ‘And if he doesn’t have the guts to confess his crimes and admit his guilt, he will be the loser, so our message to him is simple.

    ‘We don’t need your admission of what you did to our beautiful girls. Your refusal doesn’t matter to usbut your admission would show you have finally had the courage to take responsibility for your despicable crimes.

    Nicola’s parents Barrie Fellows and Susan Eismann and Karen’s mother Michelle Hadaway issued the statement with the help of Nicola’s cousin Lorna Heffron.

    Verlede somer, Bishop’s girlfriend Jennifer Johnson, 55, was convicted for perverting the course of justice for lying in his first trial.

    Johnson stunned police in the dock after suddenly claiming a blue jumper that linked him to the crime scene and killings was not his. Sy het vroeër aan die ondersoekers gesê dit was sy kledingstuk.

    Johnson het erken dat hy lieg, maar het skuld ontken aan meineed en die verdraai van die gang van die gereg, op grond daarvan dat sy onder dwang optree.

    Maar die jurie by die Lewes Crown Court het besluit dat sy weer lieg en 'deel van Team Bishop' was, desperaat om hom van moord gesuiwer te kry.

    Liefdesbriewe wat tydens die Devils Dyke-saak van Johnson aan hom gestuur is en aan hierdie beoordelaars gewys is, die lengtes wat sy vir hom sou doen, blootgelê het.

    Hulle tril: ‘Ek gaan jou nie verlaat nie, moenie bekommerd wees nie, want ek sal nie. want ek is baie lief vir jou en ek sal elke dag skryf omdat jy spesiaal vir my is en jy ook die hele wêreld bedoel.

    'Moenie bekommerd raak as ek nie by jou ma is nie, want ek kan nie die hele tyd 'n kinderoppasser kry nie, maar ek dink nog steeds aan jou liefde.

    Die meisies is dood aangetref in hierdie 'den' in die onderbos in Wild Park, Brighton

    Die meisies is dood aangetref in hierdie 'den’ in onderbos in Wild Park, Brighton

    The case was also brought to recent public attention after the mother of murdered Karen Hadaway accused shamed journalist Martin Bashir of losing her daughter's clothes

    The case was also brought to recent public attention after the mother of murdered Karen Hadaway accused shamed journalist Martin Bashir of losing her daughter’s clothes

    ‘Kan ons binnekort trou, en ek sal die kerk OK bespreek? Dit is wonderlik dat u met my wil trou. Dit is nie tronkpraatjies nie, dit is liefde? Ek het vir eers nie veel om te sê nie.’

    The case was also brought to public attention last year when Karen’s mother accused journalist Martin Bashir of losing her daughter’s clothes.

    Ms Hadaway said the former BBC religion editor obtained the clothes for DNA testing for BBC Two’s Public Eye programme 30 jare terug, but the investigation did not air and her calls to the broadcaster were ignored, het sy beweer.

    Op die foto: 'N Blou Pinto-sweatshirt, na bewering deur Bishop gedra en gesê dat dit belangrike DNA-bewyse bevat, wat langs 'n paadjie agter die treinstasie Moulsecoomb gevind is

    Op die foto: 'N Blou Pinto-sweatshirt, na bewering deur Bishop gedra en gesê dat dit belangrike DNA-bewyse bevat, wat langs 'n paadjie agter die treinstasie Moulsecoomb gevind is

    Ms Hadaway previously said Mr Bashir approached her in 1991 and asked to have her daughter’s clothing DNA tested, saying that science had advanced in the five years since the murders, but never returned the clothes.

    She called him a ‘dishonest rogueand called for a criminal investigation after she claimed he delayed the killer’s capture.

    In Desember, it was revealed that Bashir admitted in a handwritten letter to Ms Hadaway to having taken the clothes.

    In sy brief, Bashir said he was ‘deeply sorrythat the clothing in which Karen was murdered – which he revealed he took ‘to the BBC– went missing.

    Die leuens en flaters wat moordenaar vry laat gaan

    Bishop se eerste verhoor in 1987 'n reeks flaters gesien wat daartoe gelei het dat hy vrygespreek is.

    • Bishop se sweatshirt, wat sentraal in die saak was, is aanvanklik as verlore goedere behandel.
    • Dit is in 'n bruin papiersak gesit aangesien 'niemand gedink het dit is belangrik nie’ tydens die soektog na die meisies.
    • Forensiese wetenskap het slegs kundiges toegelaat om te sê die springer en die meisies 'kon’ kontak met mekaar gehad het.
    • Menslike hare en vesels wat op Nicola se liggaam gevind is, is nie getoets nie.
    • Die ‘Pinto’ jumper was wyd beskikbaar in winkels regoor die land, so miskien was Biskoppe nie.
    • Jennifer Johnson, vennoot van Bishop, het die springer aanvanklik as syne geïdentifiseer, maar ontken dit toe sy die getuiebank inneem.
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