'Devil's Daughter' who brutally killed stranger at age of 12 may be free in days

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Sharon Carr (Image: Press Association)
Sharon Carr (Image: Press Association)

Britain's youngest female ­murderer, who stabbed a stranger to death and bragged about it behind bars, could walk free in days.

Sharon Carr, branded the “Devil’s Daughter”, was 12 years old when she knifed 18-year-old Katie Rackliff more than 30 times in an unprovoked attack. Carr picked her victim out at random as she saw her walking home from a night out in June 1992.

The murder went unsolved for two years until she attacked a schoolgirl and boasted about Katie’s killing while detained in a young offender institution – even writing twisted diary entries. More than 30 years after the murder, Carr will find out within days if she is to be released.

A source said: “Carr’s crimes were terrifying and there have been signs in prison that she’s still a danger. She’s been in solitary confinement. No one will want to see her released.” In one diary post, Carr wrote: “I was born to be a murderer. Killing for me is a mass turn-on and it just makes me so high I never want to come down.

'Devil's Daughter' who brutally killed stranger at age of 12 may be free in days eideziqkeiqhhinvVictim Katie Rackliff (Press Association)
'Devil's Daughter' who brutally killed stranger at age of 12 may be free in daysSharon Carr is Britain's youngest female killer (INS News Agency)

“Every night I see the Devil in my dreams – sometimes even in my mirror, but I realise it was just me.” Police later discovered Carr had decapitated a neighbour’s dog with a spade, and there was also a suggestion from a friend she had fried live hamsters.

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At an assessment centre, Carr tried to strangle two nurses and bragged about killing Katie on the phone to relatives. In another diary entry, she wrote: “I wish I could kill you again. I promise I’d make you suffer more. Your terrified screams turn me on.”

Carr, now 42, was convicted of murder in 1997 for Katie’s killing in Camberley, Surrey, and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 14 years. She was considered too unstable to be released from HMP Bronzefield, in South West London, two years ago after she tried to get her restricted prisoner status downgraded, and she was denied ­permission to seek a judicial review after a judge heard she fantasised about murdering another inmate.

'Devil's Daughter' who brutally killed stranger at age of 12 may be free in daysCarr's diary with sketch of knife and reference to 'red rum' - murder written backwards (Press Association)

Carr was described as “extremely dangerous” when she was sentenced. Judge Mr Justice Scott Baker told her: “It is apparent both from the brutal manner in which you mutilated her body and chilling entries in your diary, that killing, as you put it, turns you on.”

After she was jailed, criminal psychologist Gordon Tressler said the case was difficult to understand because it involved a child killing an adult. “She is clearly prepared to kill without an adequate motive,” he said. “That makes her conduct very unpredictable and very dangerous.”

A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm the parole review has been referred to the Parole Board by the Secretary of State for Justice. Reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.”

Britain’s youngest female killer is Mary Bell, who was convicted of manslaughter after strangling two boys in Newcastle in 1968. She committed her first killing when she was just 10 years old.

Dan Warburton

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