Saturday 10 December 2016

Child-killer Ian Huntley's daughter discovered his identity 'while googling for a school project'

Published 10/07/2016 | 14:57

Maxine Carr and Ian Huntley

The daughter of child murderer Ian Huntley has spoken out about her horror at finding out she’s his biological daughter.

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In an exclusive interview with the Mail on Sunday, Samantha Bryan (18) revealed she found out Ian Huntley was her father when she googled him for a school project and saw a blurred out photo of her and her mother in an article about the “cold-hearted child killer”.

“The shock was painful. A thousand questions ran round in my brain.

“I just couldn’t stop crying, I ran out and hid in the toilet as I was so distraught. I tried to compose myself but I couldn’t stop so I ran home,” Samantha said.

NIGHTMARE: Holly and Jessica; and Ian Huntley, top
NIGHTMARE: Holly and Jessica; and Ian Huntley, top

She said she couldn’t stop crying when her mother told her it was true and shared her “box of nightmares” of all the newspaper clippings of Huntley to explain the true story.

Samantha said she suffered from nightmares for years after the discovery.

Ian Huntley
Ian Huntley

Ian Huntley was sentenced to two life terms in prison for the murder of two ten-year-old English girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman from Soham in 2002.

The two friends had been at a family barbeque, wearing matching Manchester United jerseys, when they went to a nearby shop to get sweets and never returned.

After 13 days of searching for the girls, police found their remains close to Ian Huntley’s home.

Huntley who was a caretaker at the girls’ school and played an active role in their search, had initially insisted that Holly died after accidentally drowning in the bath while he was trying to staunch her bleeding nose.

TRUTH MAY NEVER BE KNOWN: A lack of direct evidence means Holly and Jessica's last moments may remain a mystery. Above, defendants Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr
TRUTH MAY NEVER BE KNOWN: A lack of direct evidence means Holly and Jessica's last moments may remain a mystery. Above, defendants Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr

Jessica, he says, had begun to scream, and in a panic he put a hand across her mouth to silence her which smothered her.

Huntley's girlfriend Maxine Carr (26) who was a teaching assistant in the girls’ school was also jailed for perverting the court of justice as she lied to police to give the caretaker an alibi.

Samantha said that while she is his natural daughter “he’s never been my dad” and will not let her revelation define her. 

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