Ex-wife of Colin Pitchfork blasts him as a ‘monster’ as double-child killer is set to be freed from jail on parole
THE ex-wife of notorious double child killer Colin Pitchfork has tonight blasted him as a “monster.” The woman, who has two children with the murderer, said the sex fiend’s “horrendous crimes” had had a “massive impact” on her life. Evil Pitchfork, 61, is set to be released from jail this weekend to the fury of […]
THE ex-wife of notorious double child killer Colin Pitchfork has tonight blasted him as a “monster.”
The woman, who has two children with the murderer, said the sex fiend’s “horrendous crimes” had had a “massive impact” on her life.Double child murderer Colin Pitchfork is set to be released from prison[/caption]
Evil Pitchfork, 61, is set to be released from jail this weekend to the fury of his victims.
He was given a life sentence with a minimum 30-year term after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in the 1980s.
Monster Pitchfork was ruled suitable for release by the Parole Board in March this year despite outrage from his victims’ families.
Lynda’s “horrified” family have warned “he will kill another child” after he is freed.
Pitchfork has been caged at HMP Leyhill, an open prison in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire,
His former wife Carole said: “I’ve never spoken out in 33 years because whatever I say would be glorified and I’m not going to change my mind now.
“It would serve no purpose.”
But she described Pitchfork, who she married in 1981 when he was a baker, as a “monster.”
Speaking from her home in Leicestershire, she said: “My close friends and people who I work with, who need to know, are aware we were married.”
She said her grown-up sons would never speak about their dad and had turned down requests for interviews.
Carole said she hadn’t been informed by the authorities that Pitchfork – who has changed his name to David Thorpe – was being released on parole, saying they would have “no reason” to alert her.
But she was aware of media reports and controversy surrounding his impending freedom after more than three decades.
Carole was his wife of just two years when Pitchfork committed his first murder in November 1983 as a 22-year-old.
He should never walk free to breathe fresh air again.Kath Eastwood, Lynda Mann's mum
His trial heard he left his baby son sleeping in his car while he raped and killed Lynda in the village of Narborough before driving home and putting the boy to bed.
Three years later in July 1986 in Enderby, just over a mile away from the scene of his first crime, he raped and murdered Dawn.
The murders scarred the close-knit local community.
Carole described them as “horrendous crimes” and said they had had “a massive impact on my life.”
She wouldn’t be drawn into whether her ex husband – the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence – should be freed or not.
Carole added: “I don’t have any contact with him, the only contact I had was through the courts when I was getting a divorce.
“I am trying to get on with my life as best as I can.”
‘HE WILL STRIKE AGAIN’
As the evil double killer, prepared for his release, the dejected partner of Lynda Mann’s mum Kath Eastwood this week said they had “lost our fight” and were “horrified he’s walking free”.
Last month, Kath, 72, said of her daughter’s killer: “He should never walk free to breathe fresh air again.”
In an exclusive interview with The Sun Online, she said: “I don’t believe he’s been rehabilitated. He will strike again, he will kill another innocent child.”
Pitchfork was aged about 14 when he was sentenced in a juvenile court for flashing teenage girls.
But worked as a volunteer for five years at a Barnardo’s children’s home, where he played with children with special needs and baked cakes in an attempt to get a gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
It was there that he met his future wife, Carole.
They were already engaged when, aged 21, he was convicted again of exposing himself to girls.
He was caged for life in January 1988 at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty in September 1987 to the two high profile murders.
The judge said the killings were “particularly sadistic” and he doubted Pitchfork, who he described as “a danger to young women”, would ever be released.
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Pitchfork had initially evaded justice, with a 17-year-old man falsely confessing to one of the murders and one of his colleagues being coerced into taking a DNA test for him.
He was granted release on conditional licence on Wednesday after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge and ruled he was no longer a danger to the public.
Pitchfork still remains behind bars tonight, a Ministry of Justice spokesperson said.Pitchfork was pictured on day release in 2017[/caption]