Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: In Albert Costa's Arms
Myra Hindley - evil acts, but essentially a victim herself?
Myra Hindley, the child killer from the 1960s, died today in a prison hospital aged 60. She spent 35 years in prison, for being found guilty of two murders and as an accessory to a third murder. She was sentenced to "life" in 1966, though life doesn't mean natural life in UK law. The judge stressed in 1966 that although evil, he expected Hindley to reform once removed from the influence of her accomplice, Ian Brady, and therefore she should serve less time than him (he actually did the killings, she helped abduct the children).
In the 1980s, she was told by the Home Secretary that she would have to serve a minimum of 25 years behind bars. Brady was told he's never be released. Then, in 1990, nearing the time when she'd be eligible for parole, the new Home Secretary extended her mandatory sentence to 30 years. Then, in 1994, the new home secretary extended it to 35 years. In around 1997, it was extended once more to say that she should never be released from prison.
There's no defending her crimes. They were sickening and appalling. But what does it say about justice when somebody's sentence can be extended retrospectively. it's not as though the crimes changed. There has been immense political pressure on home secretaries to not release her. Hence the extensions.
Where do you stand? Myra Hindley should have been released after 25 years, or Myra Hindley's sentence (and other prison sentences) can be extended as and when, depending on political sensitivity?
You have long been my goal, been my chasing, been my soul. I have hung out on the edge. But I just couldn't let go. There's a time to forgive. There's a time to forget. Close your eyes, get ready, set. Walk me down this fall I'm taking but don't let me go yet. Oh let me go, sweetheart, throw me, around you, like you know me. And remember me too. Remember me too from a dream i had of you. Mary Margaret O'Hara | Dream I Had | Apartment Hunting | 2002.