Back in 2002, Ian Huntley brutally murdered two 10-year-old girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, in a story which sent shockwaves throughout the whole of the United Kingdom. When Samantha Byram found out that this evil person was her father, she was understandably very shaken up and upset. Wouldn’t you be if you found out your father was a infamous paedophile?
Whilst undertaking a school project at the tender age of 14, Samantha was researching so-called “notorious crimes”. As she conducted her research on Ian Huntley, she came across images of herself with her mother – which were apparently related images to Huntley’s story.
Samantha Byram was harmlessly doing her school project, when she stumbled across something extremely untoward concerning herself and Ian Huntley:
“I entered his name into Google and started scrolling through pictures of him. One picture jumped out at me. Although the faces were pixelated, I knew instantly one was my mum. And the little girl standing beside her was me at about ten”.
“It was like being thumped in the chest. I began to shake, I couldn’t stop the tears”.
Although this harrowing information was rather horrifying for Samantha to find out, she has decided to speak up about it. Her reasons for doing this are to show that she is completely different to Huntley, and will spend her life trying to add to the world rather than taking away from it.
Samantha was four years old at the time of the murder but never met her biological father. Huntley left her mother, Katie Bryan (who was only 15 at the time), mid-pregnancy after a series of attacks and sexual assaults. Flick over to the next page to see what else Samantha had to say about Huntley.
Now 18, Byram is training to be a paramedic and has been outspoken about her association with Huntley, despite being protected by legal anonymity. In the interview she spoke about what connection she feels to Huntley.
“I hate him. He’s never been my dad, he’s nothing more than a sperm donor. To know he is genetically connected to me sickens me. I’m speaking out, as I refuse to be ashamed for existing, otherwise I’d become just another of his victims. I didn’t cause the pain, suffering and anguish he has caused to so many people, although I think of his victims and their families.”
A person can not choose who their parents are, and Samantha Byram is no different. However, her reaction and outspoken attitude when finding out who her father was has to be commended. Many people would hide away when finding out their father murdered two innocent children. I for one hope that