David McGreavy wiki, David McGreavy Biography
David McGreavy wiki: David McGreavy (born 1951) is an English convicted murderer who killed three small children in the United Kingdom in 1973. David McGreavy was in the news in 2013 when an anonymity order imposed in 2009 was lifted based on findings that there was a public interest in his application for parole and that there was no immediate danger to his life. Since 2013, David McGreavy has been held in a vulnerable prisoners’ unit, where he has spent most of his 40 years in prison.
David McGreavy Early life
David Anthony McGreavy was born in 1951 in Southport to Thomas and Bella McGreavy, the second of six children. David’s father, Thomas, was a sergeant in the British Army and the family moved frequently between different Army posts. In 1967, David McGreavy left school and joined the Royal Navy, where David McGreavy hoped to make a career. However, David McGreavy was dismissed from the Navy in August 1971, after being court-martialled for starting a fire that destroyed a mess wardroom. McGreavy then moved back in with his parents in Worcestershire. His fiancee broke up with him and David McGreavy was sacked from several jobs. Fed up with his lack of work and heavy drinking, his parents forced him to move out.
David McGreavy Murders
On Friday, 13 April 1973, Elsie Ralph was picked up from work by Clive, who had left home late, with the children all asleep. Clive would usually pick her up late in order to help her with the closing and to have the last pint. When the Ralphs arrived at their home, the police were already there and escorted them to the police station, where they were told of their children’s murder.
McGreavy, who was known to be a habitual drinker with a violent temper when inebriated, had gone to the Buck’s Hill pub earlier that evening with a friend, where David McGreavy drank between five and seven pints of beer. The two men had played cards and darts, though a small altercation took place prior to leaving the pub after McGreavy had put a cigarette out in his friend’s beer. Clive had picked McGreavy up from the Buck’s Hill and brought him home to look after the children while Clive went to get Elsie from work.
Some time between 10:15 and 11:15 pm, a drunk McGreavy became infuriated with the Ralph children, beginning with the baby, Samantha, who had been crying for her bottle. McGreavy violently killed Samantha and then the other two children, each in a different manner. Eight-month-old Samantha died from a fractured skull, 2-year-old Dawn had her throat slit and 4-year-old Paul was strangled. After killing the three children, McGreavy went down to the basement and retrieved a pickaxe. He further mutilated their bodies with the pickaxe before impaling the three bodies on the spikes of a wrought iron fence in a neighbor’s yard. He then left the home.
McGreavy was arrested by police at 3:50 am, walking on a street near the Ralphs’ home. Upon his arrest, McGreavy reportedly said, “What’s this all about?” At first, McGreavy denied any responsibility, but, several hours later said, “It was me, but, it wasn’t me,” after which David McGreavy described in graphic detail what he had done. He told police, “I put my hand over her (Samantha’s) mouth, and it went from there. It’s all in the house. On Paul, I used a wire. I was going to bury him, but I couldn’t. I went outside and put them on the fence. All I could hear is kids, kids, kids.”McGreavy’s only explanation for the murders was that the baby would not stop crying.
On 28 June 1973, McGreavy appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the murders of all three Ralph children. The hearing lasted only eight minutes because McGreavy pleaded guilty and there was no defense plea, no motive and no case of diminished responsibility.
David McGreavy Prison
McGreavy was sentenced to multiple life terms with minimums of 20 years. In prison, David McGreavy has been subjected to frequent abuse by other prisoners and has spent most of his 40 years behind bars in protected conditions. David McGreavy is reported to have successfully adjusted, accepted rehabilitation and engaged in painting.
David McGreavy Publicity and 2009 anonymity order
Due to the brutality of the crime, McGreavy became known as the “Monster of Worcester” and was the subject of substantial press coverage at the time of the crime. Former editor of the Sunday Mirror Paul Connew was a reporter at the time and had covered the story. Connew has opined that although people remembered the crime, the name of David McGreavy was not well remembered because of the lack of a lengthy court proceeding with the accompanying coverage.
In 2006, McGreavy again became headline news after he was transferred to an open prison and allowed to stay in a bail hostel in Liverpool. The Sun newspaper discovered and publicized this arrangement, featuring a front-page photo of McGreavy (released on temporary license) walking on a Liverpool street, which resulted in McGreavy’s transfer back to a closed prison
In 2009, an anonymity order was issued by the High Court of Justice during McGreavy’s parole board proceedings. The order was resisted by the British press and the Press Association, supported by the Secretary of State for Justice, who argued that setting such a precedent would prevent coverage of dangerous criminals. The order was lifted on May 21, 2013, by Lord Justice Pitchford of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Mr. Justice Simon of the High Court of Justice, based on the importance of the public interest in possible release of a dangerous criminal and lack of imminent danger to McGreavy. The lifting of the anonymity order brought a fresh round of publicity to the 40-year-old case.
David McGreavy Release
In December 2018, following an oral hearing, a parole board report said David McGreavy had “changed considerably” over the last 45 years and legally cleared him for release on parole.
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