The murderer of Helen McCourt taunted his victim’s mother after she begged him to reveal where he had put her daughter’s body.
Helen’s Law campaigner Marie McCourt, 74, sent an emotional letter to Ian Simms in 1991 after he lost an appeal against his murder conviction.
After three years of fruitless searches for her daughter, Marie asked him to allow the 22-year-old to be laid to rest in a Christian burial, saying: “As a mother I beg you end this nightmare now.”
But callous pub landlord Simms responded by claiming he was the victim and appeared to threaten revenge.
He wrote: “For over three years now you have haunted me, not me you.
“I cannot ever forgive you and yours, I have not seen my beautiful babies for three years.
"The Lord says an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, call your family off before it’s too late…
“You and yours owe me and you will pay the price not to me but to God.”
Simms also wrote: “On my release I will have justice.” Insurance clerk Helen vanished on her way home from work in February 1988. Simms was convicted thanks to overwhelming evidence but has continued to insist he is innocent.
However, he may soon be freed from prison and, as the Daily Mirror reported yesterday, he is to be allowed out on unsupervised day release.
The Ministry of Justice is considering bringing in a “No Body, No Parole” law but Marie fears it may come too late for her. She said: “Writing the letter was very hard. We had hoped his reply would end our torment but instead Simms claimed he was the victim.
“His words show what a monster he is. He has shown no remorse and I don’t believe he is safe for release.” Marie delivered her four-page letter by hand to Wakefield prison, West Yorkshire.
She detailed the “thousands” of hours her friends and family spent searching for Helen in “rat-infested” tunnels and drains, old mine workings, canals, ponds, wasteland and rubbish dumps.
The grandmother, of Billinge, near Wigan, finished by writing: “You are now serving a life sentence for Helen’s murder and until you show remorse and admit what you have done, that life sentence will mean precisely what it says: life.
“You will never, ever get out and you will never ever be free of me because I will not allow either you or Helen’s case to be forgotten. So please, please tell me where you have buried my Helen, if not for my sake for your own.”
The reply arrived three weeks later and was opened in Marie’s absence by Helen’s brother Michael, then 23.
She recalled: “I came home and immediately saw a huge hole in the closet door. Michael was so angry he punched a hole straight through.”
- To support Marie’s campaign visit: www.change.org/p/rt-hon-theresa-may-mp-introduce-helen-s-law
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