A babysitter who killed three young children and sentenced to serve a life prison sentence is apparently getting out of prison this month.
BBC reports that David McGreavy, now 67, was convicted of killing three children in 1973, when he was 21. Authorities found the victims, siblings Paul Ralph, 4; Dawn, 2; and 9-month-old Samantha, dead outside of their home in Worcester, England. While McGreavy strangled Paul, he cut Dawn’s throat, then fractured baby Samantha’s skull. The killer later said he murdered the children when the baby wouldn’t stop crying.
After killing the children, he impaled all three into spiked garden rails outside of their home.
McGreavy, a friend of the children’s father, was staying at their home when the incident occurred and had previously played well and gotten along with the kids. The children’s mother, Elsie Urry, said she was working at a pub on the night the murders occurred, and had entrusted McGreavy to take care of the kids while she worked.
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Urry explained that she was trying to save money to buy a home and didn’t have any reason to feel McGreavy would harm her children. She’s now furious, as authorities reportedly told the killer would never get out of prison.
Of all the cases I had read –
the image of your 3 infant children impaled on railings outside your home as you returned from a night out has never left me
This was one of those “life means life” cases I thought – clearly nothttps://t.co/oR9x54RRZJ
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) December 4, 2018
“He put my babies on spikes for God’s sake — he mutilated them and they died in agony,” Urry told The Sun. “I wanted him dead and to suffer like they had but was reassured after his trial that his crime was so terrible he would never walk free again.”
The Parole Board of England and Wales, however, claimed that McGreavy “changed considerably” during his 45 stint in prison. McGreavy’s life sentence came with the possibility of parole after 25 years, but each time he was up for parole consideration in the past, he was turned down.
Prison officials released a statement that read McGreavy “developed self-control, as well as a considerable understanding of the problems that he has had and what caused them.”
“These included his improved self-control and the fact that Mr McGreavy has learnt to remain calm in stressful situations. He has also shown himself to be compliant and co-operative with authority, which suggests that he will comply with licence conditions.”
McGreavy is scheduled for release from the C Warren Hill prison after Christmas. He plans to stay at a bail hostel residential unit.
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