Richard Huckle, who tortured and killed at least 200 children, was murdered in prison. The first reports stated that he was strangled with a bandage and stabbed with a homemade knife.
Britan's most notorious child murderer died. The serial child sex offender was arrested in 2014. He was strangled and stabbed in 2019.
His case is a reminder that child abuse and murderers are still happening, and even worse: the numerous victims rose due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Huckle was 33 at the time of his death. He served a sentence of 25 years for 191 sexual offenses against children. Some of his victims were as young as six months. His lifeless body was found "slumped" in his top floor cell at Category A jail near York.
The prime suspect was Paul Fitzgerald, a Northern Irishman jailed in 2009 for attacking a female dog-walker, sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, and an older woman in north Wales.
On October 13, 2019, Huckle was tied up, sexually assaulted, strangled, and then stabbed to death in his cell. On January 13, 2020, a fellow inmate, Paul Fitzgerald, 29, was charged with Huckle's murder.
Huckle posed as a freelance photographer and worked closely with churches. His crimes span over the world, including Cambodia, Malaysia, India, and more.
The depraved killer, known as "The Gap Year pedophile," bragged about his victims on his blog. He filmed himself raping babies and children. Since he was 19, he has sold over 20,000 images he took.
Australian investigators uncovered his crimes while looking at a network of pedophiles on the dark web.
Anthony Hill of the Crown Prosecution Service stated:
"It is hard to put into words the sheer depravity. For almost nine years, Richard Huckle subjected at least 23 children, some of them very young, to the most horrifying abuse imaginable."
"He deliberately targeted and groomed vulnerable communities to gain their trust. He took photographs of the abuse to upload on the dark web to share worldwide."
NSPCC spokesman said that "Huckle is a frighteningly depraved pedophile who bragged about raping babies and delighted in abusing infants who trusted him. He left a trail of devastation, and his sentence reflects the severity of his crimes. It is horrifying that Huckle was able to profit from this appalling abuse."
The Ministry of Justice confirmed his murder:
"HMP Full Sutton prisoner Richard Huckle died on October 13. It would be inappropriate to comment further while a police investigation is ongoing."
Though it appears that Hucle's death was a big step for the justice system, we live in some of the scariest times.
The new statistic shows that 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under 18 experience sexual abuse or assault from an adult.