Babes In The Wood killer Russell Bishop dies from brain cancer aged 55


Babes In The Wood killer Russell Bishop dies from brain cancer aged 55 – four years after being brought to justice for murdering two nine-year-old girls

  • Murderer passed away in hospital last night, two years after cancer diagnosis
  • He murdered best friends Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in 1986
  • Bishop had been receiving palliative care in prison since October 


Babes in the Wood killer Russell Bishop has died from brain cancer. 

The murderer, 55, passed away in hospital last night after being rushed there from the top security HMP Frankland, in County Durham. 

He murdered best friends Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway, both nine, in 1986 before dumping their bodies in woodland near their homes in Brighton.

In 2020, it was reported he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer, but this later spread to his brain.  

Babes in the Wood killer Russell Bishop has died from brain cancer. The murderer, 55, passed away in hospital last night after being rushed there from the top security HMP Frankland, in County Durham

According to The Sun, the killer died in hospital last night while being watched over by a pair of prison officers. 

Bishop lured the two best friends Nicola and Karen to a secluded den in Brighton’s Wild Park where he sexually assaulted and strangled them.

The tragic discovery was made just half a mile from both of the girl’s family homes.

Bishop was cleared of the Babes in the Wood murders in 1987 after a series of blunders by police, forensic experts and prosecutors.

Nicola Fellows

Karen Hadaway

Bishop brutally killed Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in 1986 when they were both just nine

Within three years he went on to kidnap, molest and throttle a seven-year-old girl at Devil’s Dyke.

While serving life for that crime, Bishop was ordered to face a fresh trial for Nicola and Karen’s murders in light of a DNA breakthrough.

He was finally convicted of Nicola and Karen’s murders in 2018.    

A source told The Sun last night: ‘Bishop spent his last weeks in relative peace – a world away from the torment he has caused the girls’ families.

‘There will be few tears shed for his passing.’

The killer was reportedly taken to hospital yesterday after his health deteriorated rapidly in prison and he began suffering from breathing difficulties. 

He passed away shortly before 9pm last night.   

Bishop pictured after his initial arrest for the 1986 Babes in the Wood murders

Bishop pictured after his initial arrest for the 1986 Babes in the Wood murders



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