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Wednesday, 8 August 2007

John Straffen Bath Murders

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I was working in Locksbrook Cemetery in Bath today on a story about the VCs buried there, when I spotted the sad site of these two children’s graves.
Six-year-old Brenda Goddard and nine-year-old Cicely Batstone were strangled by Britain’s longest serving prisoner John Straffen in 1951.
I was only 7 at the time but I remember the fear and anger in the population.
Straffen later escaped from Broadmoor for only four hours and another child died, although there are some reasons to think it wasn’t him, he was found guilty.
More Details and pictures from the Guardian and the Sun
Updated Picture Here 

1 comment:

Tim said...

Thank-you for the picture Cicely would have been my aunt