Ian Huntley

Ian Huntley
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Ian Huntley, known as the Soham murderer, was convicted in December 2003 of the murder of two ten year old girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, in August 2002. Huntley, then aged 29, was sentenced at the High Court to two terms of life imprisonment with the minimum term set at 40 years. Police also suspected him of being a serial sex offender.

UK media reported in February 2017 that Huntley had asked fellow inmates at HMP Frankland to call him Lian so he could spend his life term in a female prison. A prison service spokesman denied Huntley was planning to transition.  

After Huntley’s conviction, it was revealed that he’d been the subject of at least eight police investigations into sexual offences committed on women and young girls, and a burglary charge had been left on file. The Soham murders led to tightening of procedures in the criminal background checks of people who work with children, following severe criticism of systemic failures that had allowed Huntley to work as a school caretaker.

*Update April 2018*

In April 2018, Huntley was again reported as planning to transition and that he has requested fellow prisoners call him Nicola which is also the name of the mother of one of the children he killed.

*Update Dec 2018*

The Daily Mail reported that Ian/Nicola Huntley ‘wants a sex change so he can move jails and start a new life as a woman called Nicola.’ Huntley is currently incarcerated at Category A men’s prison HMP Frankland in County Durham.

*Update Feb 2019*

Coinciding with an article in The Times that the prison service is revising guidelines which allowed trans-identifying, violent male sex offenders to transfer to women’s prisons,  the Daily Star Sunday published an article on 10 February saying that Ian Huntley wished to make clear “he does not own a wig, has never asked to be addressed by any name other than his own and that there has never been a plan for him to change his gender identity.” The brief article does not, per se, explicitly refute claims in the 2018 story re Huntley identifying as transgender/wishing to transition, just that owning a wig, a wish to be addressed by another name and existence of a plan to transition in the Star’s story requires correction. The original article was removed on 11 February 2019.

It should be remembered that Huntley has, in fact, been known by a name other than his own as he was going by the name of Nixon (his mother’s maiden name) when interviewed in a rape case in 1999. He also gave his name as Ian Nixon when applying for the job as caretaker at a school in Soham so Cambridgeshire police’s criminal records bureau checked that name, not Ian Huntley, on the police national computer. This ensured the burglary charge that could have prevented him getting the job in the first place was not discovered, let alone local intelligence from other statutory agencies regarding multiple sexual violence allegations made by women and girls against him. The catastrophic child protection failures in Huntley’s case were examined by the Bichard Inquiry and led to a complete overhaul of UK criminal records checking procedures.

Media reports

Vetting blunders let Huntley slip through net https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/dec/17/soham.ukcrime2

Previous allegations against Huntley http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3313501.stm

Link to tweet containing image of the Daily Star Sunday 10 Feb article

Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6476107/Ian-Huntley-wants-sex-change-jails-start-new-life-woman-called-Nicola.html

The Star – archived link

[Original article deleted on 11 February 2019 https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/694406/ian-huntley-prison-now-woman-soham-double-murderer-wig-make-up-stunt]

Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4225544/Soham-child-killer-wants-known-FEMALE-name.html#ixzz4dgeEv6Fb

Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/15/call-lian-child-killer-ian-huntley-has-told-inmates-call-feminine/

Daily Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/soham-child-killer-ian-huntley-9821051

The Sun https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2866040/child-killer-ian-huntley-tells-lags-to-call-him-female-version-of-his-name-ian-as-make-up-frankland-prison/

The Sun https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1608626/child-murderer-ian-huntley-struts-around-as-king-of-the-wing-but-is-secretly-a-suicidal-zombie/

The Mirror https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/ian-huntleys-daughter-reveals-horrific-13876079