Soham murderer Ian Huntley said the day he killed Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman was the worst day of his life.
The killer’s daughter Samantha Bryan, 19, said she wrote to him in prison to try to understand why he murdered Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.
Samantha’s mother, Katie Webber, was raped and abused by Huntley, who subjected her to subjected her to humiliation, beatings and repeated rapes before their daughter was born.
After discovering the murderer was her father, she wrote to him but found that Huntley, now 44, showed no remorse for the killings, the Sunday People reports.
The killer’s daughter Samantha Bryan (left), 19, said she wrote to him in prison to try to understand why he murdered Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002
Samantha told the newspaper: ‘I thought perhaps he would do something decent now he’s had 15 years in prison to think about what he’s done.
‘I could never forgive him for what he did, but I did think he might do the right thing and say what he did and how he feels about his terrible crime.’
Instead, Huntley sensationally claimed that the day he killed the two girls, for whose murder he was convicted in 2003, was the worst day of his own life.
Samantha learned the true identity of her biological father thanks to a cruel classroom coincidence.
Asked to carry out a project on the killer, she was searching online when she found a photograph that revealed Huntley to be her genetic father.
‘It was like being thumped in the chest,’ she recalled in 2016 . ‘I began to shake, I couldn’t stop the tears.’
Samantha Bryan and her mother Katie, who was abused by Huntley, pictured in 2016
Samantha (left) revealed she wrote to Huntley (right) to understand why he killed the girls
Holly and Jessica (pictured), both 10, were killed in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in August 2002
Holly and Jessica, both 10, were killed in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in August 2002. They went missing from a family barbecue after going out to buy sweets.
Their bodies were found nearly a fortnight later, around 14 miles away in a ditch near Lakenheath, Suffolk.
Huntley was later sentenced to two life terms, with a minimum 40-year tariff at the maximum security Frankland prison in Durham.
In a leaked recording published earlier this year he appeared to apologise for the killings.
‘I can’t change anything. I cannot remove that day from history, what I have done. I know those girls would be 26 this year with families of their own, jobs and lives,’ he reportedly said.
His voice could apparently be heard cracking with emotion in the tape recorded behind bars.