John Straffen

 

Age: 77

 

Summary: British child killer who was initially declared "mentally defective" and sent to an asylum in 1952 after strangling two young girls to death, but who escaped less than a year later and was tried for the murder of a third young girl during the four hours he was at large after being declared sane, whose death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment and he had remained in a maximum security prison for the last 55 years, becoming the longest-serving prisoner in British legal history.

 

 

Cause of Death: Not released

 

Born: February 27, 1930

 

Died: November 19, 2007

 

Location: Brasside, County Durham, England