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