Born in 1939 Jebson was discharged from the
army in 1958 on medical grounds, he was separated from his
wife and had a daughter. He was an illegitimate child who
had been brought up by foster parents.
31st March 1970, .Susan Blatchford aged 11, and her
12 year-old friend Gary Hanlon vanished from their homes
in north London after going out to play, they were last
seen about 4:30pm. When they didn't return home anxious
parents called the police.
At least 600
police officers interviewed more than 15,000 people, and
searched nearly 4,500 homes. One of the local residents
interviewed was convicted paedophile, Ronald Jebson. He
spoke to police on two occasions but he had an alibi for
the evening, the police never followed it up.
Jebson entices an 11 year old boy into his car, he takes
him to a secluded area and sexually assaults him. He was
caught and sentenced to 5 years, being eventually
release in 1873.
1970, The bodies of the two missing children were found
by a dog walker in a
copse in Lippitts Hill close to Epping forest, and 6 miles
from their homes. The newspapers at the time nicknamed
the case "Babes in the wood".
examinations were inconclusive, the bodies being so
badly decomposed. The coroner was unable to ascertain a
cause of death.
At the inquest an open verdict was recorded, no suspect
was identified despite the high profile of the case.
Police and the families still maintained that the children
1974 Jebson, a known paedophile with 11
previous convictions, including three for sexual offences
against children, had been staying with Rosemary' Papper's
parents but when they told him he was no longer welcome,
he swore revenge. Neighbours recall the
phrase: "I will do something you will regret."
1974 he strangled Rosemary as he raped her.
1974, At St Albans Crown Court Mr Justice Kenneth Jones
recommended he serve at least 20 years for the murder of
1996 the "Babes in the wood" case we re-opened,
attention focused on Jebson, after he gave police a list
of suspects for the murders.
Jebson confessed to
1999 the body of Susan Blatchford was exhumed, although
forensic tests could not take place, police were
interested in other tests.
Tuesday 8th May 2000 Jebson was given two further
life sentences at the Old Bailey, after pleading guilty to
the murders of Susan and Gary 30 years previously.
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