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Kill Total: 2

Kill date:

9 July 1996

Kill Place:

Chillenden, Kent






Lin Russell

Megan Russell


Lin   - 1951

Megan - 1992




Maidstone Crown Court









2nd Trail




Nottingham Crown Court











One of five children, Stone was born in Tunbridge Wells.  He had a troubled childhood, with his parents separating and his mother marrying four times. He was placed into a care home where he was then abused.

Stone's police record dates back to the age of 12, when he became involved in shoplifting and burglary which continued into adulthood.

Once he left the care system Stone began using heroin.
Stone served three prison sentences in the 1980s for violent offences


9th July 1996, Stone  attacked and killed Dr Lin Russell, 45, and her 6 year old daughter  Megan, as they walked home from a swimming gala along a country lane in Chillenden, near Canterbury.


The eldest daughter, Josie, aged 9, was also battered and left for dead but she survived and made a miraculous recovery, the family's pet dog, Lucy, was also killed.

The  family passed Stone's car, which was parked in the lane, when he got out wielding a claw hammer and demanded money. Dr Russell said they did not have any and offered to go home and get some.

But Stone said "No", tied them up and bludgeoned Dr Russell and Megan to death with the hammer.  Josie was urged by her mother to run home and get help but she was caught, blindfolded with strips of towel taken from her swimming bag and tied to a tree. Her mother was also blindfolded. Josie was then attacked and passed out. Her injuries were so severe it was not until the next year that she could recount the events to police. She still has difficulty speaking and understanding speech.

16th July 1997 - Michael stone from Gillingham in Kent is arrested, on an unrelated crime, and held in Canterbury Jail.

6th October 1998 Michael Stone stands trial at Maidstone Crown Court, charged with the murder of Dr. Lin Russell and 6 year old Megan Russell, as well as the attempted murder of Josie Russell.

23rd October 1998 - after nearly 15 hours of deliberation, the jury, by a 10-2 majority, finds Stone guilty on all three counts, he is given three life sentences. 

6th November 1998 Stone's defence lodged an appeal against his conviction, stating that they are hopeful of being granted "Leave to appeal".

16th January 2001 the court of appeal grants Stone the right to appeal, after one of the main prosecution witness's admits he lied in the first trial.

6th February 2001 the court of appeal rules that the appeal "Must Succeed", and on 8th February, quashed Michael Stone's conviction, immediately ordering a new trial.

5th September 2001, The second trial started  at Nottingham Crown court.

4th October 2001, the jury again found stone guilty on two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

The prosecution at the first trial was based mainly on the evidence of Barry Thompson, who later admitted he had made the story up. At the second trial the evidence against Stone was from an "alleged" confession he shouted through the wall to a prisoner in the next cell. There was never any forensic evidence to link Stone to the case. Stone has a violent past with convictions for burglary and assault.

19th January 2005 - A new appeal heard in the high court in London found no grounds for the appeal, Stone was returned to prison.

21 December 2006, a High Court judge has decided that Stone should spent at least 25 years in prison before being considered for parole. This means that he is likely to remain in prison until 2023 when he will be 63 years old.

September 2007 it was announced that The Criminal Cases Review Commission  is assessing if there is "any new evidence or anything to cast doubt on the safety of Stone's convictions".

8th December 2011, Stone's application for his case to be referred back to the Court of Appeal was rejected



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