chapter  4
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Hindley’s ghost: The visual construction of Maxine Carr


In August 2002, two schoolgirls, Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells were abducted and murdered by their school caretaker in the small town of Soham in rural England. Ian Huntley was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2003. His girlfriend Maxine Carr was charged with two counts of assisting an offender. She was cleared of these offences but was found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, for which she received a sentence of three and a half years. She was released on licence in May 2004 and in February 2005, Carr was granted indefinite anonymity by the high court. Only three other individuals in the UK have ever been the recipient of such an order: Mary Bell,1 Robert Thompson and Jon Venables2. Significantly, Maxine Carr is the only one not to have committed a murder.