‘Angel of Death’ serial killer Beverley Allitt showed ‘no remorse’ for killing four children, and trying to take the life of nine others by tampering with their injections.
In new documentary series ‘British Police: Our Toughest Cases’ , Detective Michelle Billingsley, former Detective Inspector Neil Jones, and DSI Stuart Clifton, have told of their chilling meetings with the killer, and how an arrogant Allitt ‘smirked and smiled’ during her police interview.
The former nurse killed Liam Taylor, seven, Timothy Hardwick, 11, Becky Phillips, two months, and Claire Peck, 15 months, over the course of 59 days at Grantham Hospital in Lincolnshire in 1991.
Originally, Allitt’s crimes were suspected to be down to natural causes, but blood samples retained from nine of the children who had collapsed or died revealed that they had been injected with lethal doses of insulin, potassium or lignocaine.
After a lengthy trial, Beverley Allitt was found guilty of four murders and nine counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and was given 13 life sentences.
But the baby-faced killer spent only a week in prison before being diagnosed with a psychiatric condition and was moved to Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire.
‘Angel of Death’ serial killer Beverley Allitt (pictured) showed ‘no remorse’ for killing her four children, and trying to take the life of nine others, a new documentary has revealed
‘She’s placed in a police cell, and you have to remember that this is a girl that’s about 21 years of age, never been in trouble with the police, she gets all of these charges and she’s laughing. She’s happy about them,’ said Clifton.
Neil Jones added: ‘She was an evil, callous, calculating person. She knew what she was doing. These are defenceless children who rely on her and she’s attacking them.’
The nurse is heard being interviewed in 1991, Clifton proclaims: ‘We are now arresting you for the attempted murder of Paul Crampton.
‘This child has been given a deliberate injection of insulin, from which he could have died. I believe you gave it to him.
Nonchalantly, she says: ‘No reply.’
During her first interview, the serial killer tried to ‘bamboozle’ police with medical jargon, officers have revealed
Clifton continues to quiz her, but stops when the killer is heard scoffing at the interviewer while smirking.
He goes on: ‘This child has been given three injections of insulin on each occasions you were alone with him, it’s not a coincidence is it.’
Unphased, she comments: ‘No reply.’
Allitt has been diagnosed with Munchausen’s syndrome, in which she invents illness and inflicts injury on herself to attract attention and also the same syndrome by proxy, in which she harmed children for the same effect.
Beverley, who has Munchausen’s syndrome, in which she invents illness and inflicts injury on herself to attract attention, is pictured as she practices her needlework in a top security hospital
During her first police interview, Allitt was evasive, denying any involvement in the collapses, trying to confuse police medical jargon.
‘She tried to bamboozle us,’ Michelle said. ‘We were trying our best to talk about the insulin and the affects it had on the body, but we weren’t medically trained, and I think she could easily pick up on this.’
Jones also revealed how Allitt tried to lie her way out of the situation.
‘She tried to push the blame towards other people who were present,’ he said.
Although Allitt profusely denied her involvement with the case, Clifton always had his suspicions, and wouldn’t rest until he uncovered the truth, proving his theory that there was a child serial killer on the Children’s Ward.
The killer nurse murdered four children, and tried to take the life of nine others by tampering with their injections
‘I couldn’t live with myself without following it through,’ Stuart says.
Allitt’s lack of remorse for her crimes hadn’t changed by the time of her trial in 1993.
As Michelle Billingsley revealed ‘She was kept in custody at Grantham police station and taken to court the next morning.
‘I was on duty the next morning and went down to the cell, because I was going to accompany her to court.
Detective Michelle Billingsley told of how Allitt was evasive, denying any involvement in the collapses, trying to confuse police medical jargon
DSI Stuart Clifton told of how an arrogant Allitt ‘smirked and smiled’ during her police interview
‘I was shocked that someone could do all these things and not feel any remorse whatsoever. But not only was there no remorse, it was the smile, the shrugging of the shoulders.
‘She was leaning forward looking out the van at the people that had gathered round the court as if she was looking forward to appearing there.’
After a lengthy trial, Beverley Allitt was found guilty of four murders and nine counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
She was sentenced to 13 life sentences which she is serving at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire, making her one of Britain’s worst child serial killers.
British Police: Our Toughest Cases airs 10pm Saturday 9th November on Quest Red