John Childswith Terry Pinfold & Harry McKenny (Aquitted)
|Kill Date||Aug 1974|
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.
No bodies were ever recovered.
November 1974, Childs given 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.
1998, in an interview he confessed to a journalist of five more murders while in prison, this has not been followed up.
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".
2016, Childs is put on a Home office list of prisoners who are to serve a 'Whole life Tariff',, never to be released see list Here >>