Barbara Davies at the British newspaper the Daily Mail offers a piece on the release of murderer and rapist Colin Pitchfork, the subject of Joseph Wambaugh’s outstanding true crime book The Blooding.
Those who walked past Colin Pitchfork in Bristol city centre recently are unlikely to have suspected that there was a notorious double child killer in their midst.
During three decades spent in jail for the rape and murder of two 15-year-old girls, the 56-year-old has lost much of his hair. His sullen features are partially masked by a thick white beard.
Casually dressed in a pale Adidas jacket, jeans and trainers as he browsed cookery books and visited a Jobcentre and three banks, the former baker certainly bears little resemblance to the grim black-and-white police mugshot taken of him when he was snared by Leicestershire police back in 1987.
But for the families of Pitchfork’s teenage victims, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, these images of the unaccompanied killer out on day release recently from an open prison are devastating indeed.
Aside from stirring up agonising memories of how the father-of-two from Leicestershire brutally snuffed out the lives of both girls, three years apart, they provide the clearest evidence yet that Pitchfork — the first murderer in the world to be convicted thanks to DNA evidence — is being prepared for a life of freedom.
… Author and ex-police detective Joseph Wambaugh (seen in the below photo), whose book, The Blooding, is widely regarded as the definitive work on the case, told me that former baker Pitchfork is a ‘psychopath’ and ‘he will be a danger until he’s too old to be and he’s far from that’.
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Note: You can read my Q&A with Joseph Wambaugh via the below link: