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Name:

John Childs

AKA:

 

D.O.B.

 
Kill Total:

6

Kill date:

August 1974

January 1975

November 1975

November 1975

July 1978

October 1978

Kill Place:

London & Essex

Status:

 

Occupation:

 

Victim:

Terry Eve

Robert Brown

George Brett

Terry Brett

Freddie Sherwood

Ronald Andrews

D.O.B.  

 


 

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FACTFILE

 

Terry (Teddy) Eve was beaten up with a pipe and an axe and then strangled. Brown was shot three times, then axed and stabbed with both a knife and a sword.

The other victims were shot in the head. Freddie Sherwood was also clubbed.

 

The bodies were burnt in the fireplace of Childs' house, after both Child's and (allegedly) McKenny had tried unsuccessfully to mince the body and dispose of it down the toilet.

Detectives reconstructed this burning using an 11 stone pig to prove that it was possible.

 

November 1974, Childs got life imprisonment, after confessing to the six murders whilst McKenny got life with a recommendation of at least 25 years.

 

McKenny was convicted of four murders, including those of haulage contractor George Brett and his 10-year-old son, Terry.
He was acquitted of murdering Terry Eve because of lack of corroboration, but Pinfold was convicted of murdering Mr Eve on the basis that he procured McKenny and Childs to kill him.

 

Monday 15th December 2003

the Court of Appeal in London quashed as "unsafe" the convictions of businessmen Mr Pinfold and Mr McKenny.

The judge said the evidence against Terry Pinfold,, and Harry McKenny, was "so unreliable that it is worthless".

Lord Woolf, the Lord Chief Justice, said that new evidence showed that Childs, regarded as an unsatisfactory witness even at the trial, was a "pathological liar".

 

Childs is still serving a life sentence for six murders.

 

None of the bodies has ever been found.

 

Childs is on a Home office list of prisoners who arte to serve  Whole life Tariff, see list Here >>

 

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