Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Ipswich: ‘Karen’s murderer will still bear the burden of their guilt’

09:18 22 November 2012

Karen Hales with her daughter Emily

Karen Hales with her daughter Emily

Archant

TIME has not begun to heal even a sliver of the heartache suffered by the family of Karen Hales.

shares

Despite the passing of 6,940 days, the crushing heartbreak they endure is still as raw today as it has ever been.

Miss Hales was looking after her 19-month-old daughter Emily when she was stabbed to death on a snow-encrusted Sunday afternoon. Her murderer then attempted to set her body alight, before it was discovered by her father Graham.

Assuming the killer is still alive, for the past 19 years he or she has had to live with the terrible crime they committed on November 21, 1993.

The burden is made all the heavier by the fact that it is likely they knew Miss Hales, as the 21-year-old was said to have opened the door to her murderer.

Leading forensic psychologist Clive Sims gave an insight into the internal struggle the killer has to live with day in and day out. He also explained what it must be like for them, or anyone they have confided in, when publicity about the case is thrust back into the public domain.

Mr Sims, who is based in Ipswich, said: “If the person is still living around here or still alive, the publicity that comes up is going to remind them of what they have done.

“People change over the years. They may be in a different place in their life. There may be a rise in consciousness about what has happened. This has happened in the past in other murder cases elsewhere. There’s always that possibility.

“The person is never going to forget what they did, especially given the circumstances of the murder and the setting fire to the body. That was a way of destroying evidence, where the person realises that they could possibly be identified from the evidence.

“It seems as if Miss Hales let the person in so it was probably someone she knew.

“If it was someone who knew her there would have been some form of relationship, and that would be even more likely to stir up that person’s conscience at this time of year.

“Contrary to this is the issue of fear, of what will happen to them if they are either apprehended or go and confess, because you are looking at a mandatory life sentence. They have made a life for themselves since the murder. Even if their conscience is working there’s always going to be this conflict.

“Assuming we are not talking about a person with a mental illness, there’s going to be a memory of what happened, but there is all this conflict - ‘should I confess or not confess?’.

“Unless new evidence comes out, or they have found a religious belief, then it’s probable they would not come forward voluntarily.

“Given the length of time it’s unlikely there will be any new witness statements that are reliable because of the period of time, unless it is somebody they have confided in whose conscience is pricked.”

For Miss Hales’s parents Graham and Geraldine, daughter Emily, and the rest of her family, all that is left is the enormous sense of loss and injustice.

Miss Hales’s mother Geraldine, who lives near Claydon, said: “It’s still perpetual torment.

“Karen is missed terribly every day. The anniversary isn’t really any different from any other day.

“Graham and I are very disappointed at not having any answers or that someone has not been caught.

“We still believe somebody is hiding something and that someone knows something.”

shares

1 comment

  • r.i.p , but maybe the police know who it is but no proof , so there hands are tied

    Report this comment

    Lee mundy

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

Two teenagers have been arrested following the death of a 14 year old boy after an incident at an address in Thurston.

A peaceful Suffolk village is tonight in shock after the death of a 14-year-old boy from gunshot wounds.

More than 600 vehicles - cars, buses, military vehicles and motorcycles - taking part in the 46th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run. Christchurch Park. Left to right, Ross and Stuart Holman.

Hundreds of car owners took advantage of one of the first good days of the year to take part in Sunday’s historic vehicle run from Ipswich to Felixstowe.

Ipswich & District TUC are celebrating another May Day Festival in Alexandra Park on International Workers Day.

Perfect spring weather finally arrived in Ipswich for the town’s May Day festival which brought out the crowds to Alexandra Park on Sunday afternoon.

Kesgrave 5K Fun Run starting and ending at The Bell Inn.

It was a record-breaking turn out at the ninth annual Kesgrave 5k fun run.

Waveney River Centre.

A young girl has died after she was found unconscious in a pool at Waveney River Centre at around midday today.

Entrants set off in last year's Rotary Club of Felixstowe fun run on the resort's seafront.

After a warm and fairly dry weekend, Bank Holiday Monday is set to get off to a dry start in Suffolk but turn wet and blowy by the afternoon.

The A1092 through Clare is closed due to a road traffic accident.

Police were called at 3.35pm today to attend a serious road traffic collision in Clare.

Yum Yums Cookery School, a nonprofit community organisation which runs cookery classes at primary schools in Ipswich, has received funding worth £500. Children at Whitehouse Primary celebrating the news. Adults L-R Dawn Burrows, Charlotte Burrows, Ron Impey, Emma Youngman.

An after-school cookery class scheme is celebrating after receiving a vital funding boost.

34th annual Heritage Coast Run/Walk organised by the Rotary Club of Saxmundham and District
13 mile start

Runners travelled from as far as Scotland to take part in a “unique” challenge along the Suffolk coast.

Should cyclists be allowed to go through red traffic lights when it is safe?

Cyclists riding through red lights – is it time to make it legal to keep traffic moving asks motoring editor Andy Russell.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24