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Those who walked past Colin Pitchfork in Bristol city centre recently are unlikely to have suspected that there was a notorious double child killer in their midst.
During three decades spent in jail for the rape and murder of two 15-year-old girls, the 56-year-old has lost much of his hair. His sullen features are partially masked by a thick white beard.
Adidas - Jacket - Jeans - Trainers - Cookery
Casually dressed in a pale Adidas jacket, jeans and trainers as he browsed cookery books and visited a Jobcentre and three banks, the former baker certainly bears little resemblance to the grim black-and-white police mugshot taken of him when he was snared by Leicestershire police back in 1987.
But for the families of Pitchfork’s teenage victims, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, these images of the unaccompanied killer out on day release recently from an open prison are devastating indeed.
Memories - Father-of-two - Leicestershire - Lives - Girls
Aside from stirring up agonising memories of how the father-of-two from Leicestershire brutally snuffed out the lives of both girls, three years apart, they provide the clearest evidence yet that Pitchfork — the first murderer in the world to be convicted thanks to DNA evidence — is being prepared for a life of freedom.
Lynda Mann’s mother, 69-year-old Kath Eastwood, says that the prospect of seeing her daughter’s killer released from prison is ‘beyond comprehension’.
Criminologists - Concerns - Escalating - Row - Plans
Two leading criminologists have also added their concerns to the escalating row about apparent plans to release the killer who was given a life sentence when he was jailed in January 1988.
Author and ex-police detective Joseph Wambaugh, whose book, The Blooding, is widely regarded as the definitive work on the case, told me that former baker Pitchfork is a ‘psychopath’ and ‘he will be a danger until he’s too old to be and he’s far from that’.
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