Babes in the Wood child killer Russell Bishop reportedly has just weeks left to live with terminal brain cancer.
Bishop, 55, killed Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway, both aged nine, after luring them into a park before sexually assaulting and strangling them in 1986, in what became known as The Babes in the Woods murders.
Due to initial errors in the investigation and prosecution he escaped justice for 32 years.
He has had surgery that has not been able to get rid the cancer and he is now reportedly receiving palliative care at HMP Frankland, in County Durham, where he is held.
He has been told he is dying of brain cancer which has spread from his bowel, reports The Sun.
A source told the newspaper said: “Bishop has weeks or, at most, months left and he is devastated by the diagnosis. His life is ebbing away and he is getting progressively weaker.”
The person added that he is being well looked after at the jail but it is only palliative care at this stage.
They said that there is not much sympathy for him, and that there is a sense of “karma”.
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The source continued: “I am sure the families of those he attacked and killed might feel there is some justice here as well.
“Bishop has never shown much remorse for what he did so people feel justified in not feeling much sympathy towards him.”
Bishop carried out his heinous crime in a secluded part of Wild Park, in Brighton, and the bodies were found the following day.
He was sensationally acquitted of their killings in 1986 when DNA evidence failed to stand up in court.
In 1990 he was jailed for attempted murder after abducting and sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl, also in Wild Park.
He was later convicted of the Babes in the Wood killings in 2018 thanks to advancements in DNA identification.