Soham Murders


On August 2, 2002 at about 6 pm, two young girls went missing from their hometown of Soham, England. The girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, both 10-year-old schoolmates disappeared while on a walk to get candy at a local store.

When parents discovered the girls were missing they immediately called the police. Police responded and initiated a search for the girls. As the investigation grew over 400 officers were assigned to the hunt. Through camera canvasses and interviews they were able to approximate the location that the girls left their route. On August 17th the girls bodies were found about 10 miles from Soham near an air force base. Both girls had died of asphyxiation.

The police soon turned their attention to Kevin Huntley, who had claimed to have interacted with the girls the day they went missing. According to the police investigation, he was the last person to see the girls alive. Detectives interviewed Huntley’s girlfriend Maxine Carr, who stated she was present during this interaction and confirmed Huntley’s account. Cops noticed that he had some scratches on his face. He also asked a lot of questions about DNA evidence. Despite Carr’s statement they felt that Huntley was their man.

After getting conflicting information about Carr’s location on the date of the murders, police began looking at Huntley’s whereabouts. They noticed his car was cleaned and missing the rear sear cover. They also checked out the school that he worked in and noticed that all areas under his control were meticulously cleaned. When cops found the burnt remains of the girl’s clothing on the school grounds that was enough for them. Both Huntley and Carr were arrested. Search warrants and interviews were enough to prove the case against them.

On December 17, 2003, Huntley was convicted on two counts of murder and Carr was convicted on one count of perverting the course of justice. Huntley got a life sentence while Carr got three and half years. A nice job by the police on this heartbreaking case.

Christopher Flanagan


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