Mary Bell

Mary Bell

Real Name: Mary Bell
Category: Infamy
Submitted by: Bob Sacamano
Posted Date: 2004-04-29
Last Modified: 2019-12-18

Mary Bell was convicted of killing 2 toddlers in her native home in England when she was just 11 years old in 1968. Found guilty of “manslaughter for diminished responsibility” and sentenced to “detention for life” Mary spent the next 12 years incarcerated in a reform school and later a women’s prison. All the while refusing to talk about her deeds as a young girl.

What happened to:

Paroled at age 23 Mary attempted to lead a “normal” life despite being constantly hounded by the British and international tabloids.Living under an assumed name Mary eventually bore a child and claimed to have gained insight and remorse for her crimes. In 1998 Mary’s story Cries Unheard was published and unleashed a barrage of scandal against Mary and her family. By 2003 Mary was granted “lifelong anynomity” by the high British court in an effort to protect her and her daughter from further attacks by the press.


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Mary Bell