Babes in the Wood killer Russell Bishop dies in prison four years into sentence

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The sickening child killer nicknamed after "Babes in the Wood" has died behind bars.

Monster Russell Bishop, 55, was taken from HMP Frankland, Co Durham to hospital on Thursday night but did not make the morning.

Bishop killed Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway, both nine, in 1986 but spent the following three decades as a free man.

Bishop was finally caught for his abhorrent crimes 32 years later and imprisoned on December 11 2018.

On the evening of October 9 1986, nine-year-old friends Karen and Nicola were reported missing from their homes in Moulsecoomb, Brighton.

Their sexually assaulted and strangled bodies were found the next day in undergrowth on a steep embankment in nearby Wild Park.

Russell Bishop, then aged 20, was arrested on suspicion of their murders two weeks later and charged on December 3 but a jury found him not guilty the following year.

In April 2005 the introduction of double jeopardy provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 made it possible to prosecute a previously acquitted person for a second time in cases where new, evidence had since been obtained.

The Babes in the Wood murderer died following a bowel cancer diagnosis which surgery failed to prevent spreading throughout his body.

A source told The Sun: "Bishop spent his last weeks in relative peace – a world away from the torment he has caused the girls' families.

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"There will be few tears shed for his passing."

It was reported in October last year that the killer was on his last legs and would be lucky to live for another few months.

A source said at the time: "I am sure the families of those he attacked and killed might feel there is some justice here as well.

"Bishop has never shown much remorse for what he did so people feel justified in not feeling much sympathy towards him."

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