Every time we put someone else in charge of our children, we run the risk that bad something might happen. Whether it’s your mother-in-law, a close friend, your siblings, their siblings, or a hired high schooler: you just never know what’s gonna happen.
Clive and Elsie were a young couple just doing what they could to make ends meet while also trying to raise three, very young children. They didn’t have a lot of child care options, so when a trustworthy one finally came along, they took a chance: one they would live to regret before long…
Police on the Scene
Clive had gone to pick up his wife Elsie from her barmaid job. It was late and he hated leaving his children alone, but luckily, they had a live-in babysitter in the form of their friend David, who had needed a place to stay. When Elsie and Clive arrived back home some time later, they noticed something strange: a slew of police cars parked around their Worcester home.
Their friend David was 21 and despite his age, had been struggling with life for a number of years. He’d been kicked out of the Royal Navy, which had subsequently seen him kicked out of his parents’ home. Of course, both of these unceremonious exits were not without reason. You see, David had a serious drinking problem…
Take Him In
Regardless of this problem, Clive Ralph and his wife, Elsie were sympathetic to their friend. David was a good guy and their kids absolutely loved him. Both Clive and Elsie worked full time: one as a lorry driver and the other as a barmaid, so they needed someone to be home with the three kids when they couldn’t be. David would fit the bill perfectly.
Whenever Clive or Elsie went out to work, David would babysit the children: 4-year-old Paul, 2-year-old Dawn, and 9-month-old Samantha. David McGreavy liked playing the part of dad to the little ones and it seemed that, despite the last few rough years, his life was starting to turn around. That is, until the bottle beckoned him back…
It was Friday the 13th and David had gone to a local pub at happy hour to get himself a drink. But one drink soon turned to several and before long, David was knee-deep in pints. He got so drunk that he even got into a fight with a fellow barfly over him putting his cigarette out in the man’s beer. Luckily, the other patrons pulled them apart in time for David to depart the pub and head home.
Changing of the Guard
After he had straightened himself out, David came home from the pub in order to look after the three kids while Clive drove out to pick up Elsie. He figured, while he was picking her up from the pub, he’d stop in for a pint himself. After all, the kids were safe at home with David, they had no reason to worry about them. But it was Friday the 13th, after all…
The Terrible News
When the two arrived home, an officer told them that they couldn’t go inside right away. Panicked, they asked what had happened. The officer escorted to them to the local police station and broke the terrible news to them: Paul, Dawn, and baby Samantha were all dead. David McGreavy had admitted to killing them.
David had been apprehended at around 4 am that morning, around the time that Clive and Elsie were leaving the bar. “I put my hand over her mouth and it went from there,” he explained. “It’s all in the house. On Paul I used a wire. I was going to bury Paul but I couldn’t… I went outside and put them on the fence. All I can hear is kids, kids, kids…” it wasn’t til sometime later the police would learn what it all meant…
Apparently, not long after Clive had left, little Samantha began to cry for her bottle. Try as he might, the slightly-inebriated David could do nothing to quiet the crying child. What’s worse, Samantha’s crying had woken up the other children as well. Now he had a house full of grumpy, crying infants, and he was just not emotionally prepared to deal with it.
Instead of reaching for the bottle to try and placate the now screaming infant, David instead grabbed Samantha by her legs and began to swing her about. He began to knock her repeatedly against the wall, shattering her skull and ending her life. Meanwhile, the other two children stared on in disbelief, frozen in terror…
Turned on Them
David McGreavy was a man possessed. He had killed an infant to stop her crying and now he had two witnesses. Without hesitation, he picked up a razor blade and slashed it across 2-year-old Dawn’s throat. When he had dispatched her, he turned his sights on four-year-old Paul, whom he strangled to death with his bare hands.
David the Impaler
The worst was yet to come, however. After he had realized what he had done, David took the lifeless bodies of the children out into the yard, but rather than try to bury them, decided to profane them even further. He took them into a neighbour’s garden and impaled their bodies on the spiked gate…
Shocked the Nation
When the police found the bodies later that morning, they were speechless and so, for that matter, was the entire nation. No one could believe that this act of grotesque savagery was real or that it was committed by a man like David McGreavy. Especially since the only motive given was that he had killed them all because of Samantha’s crying.
It was an open and shut case for the self-confessed “Monster of Worcester.” He had admitted to the crime and had left his fingerprints all over the scene. There was no room for reasonable doubt. David McGreavy was sentenced to multiple life terms with a minimum of 20 years. But that wasn’t the end of his story…
Most Notorious Killer
During the course of his many years in prison, “The Monster of Worcester” was often targeted by other inmates due to the viscous nature of his crimes. Even in prison, those who kill or abuse children are especially low on the totem pole. But that didn’t mean that McGreavy didn’t “own” his name. He once challenged Ian Brady a fight to prove he was the “most notorious” killer.
Overall though, his inmates’ distaste for him notwithstanding, McGreavy had an easy time in stir. He would keep to himself and lived as he pleased. He had his own cooking facilities and access to any book he could imagine from the prison library. The only real problem was that eventually, everyone stopped speaking to him. He became a social pariah…
In 2006, McGreavy was transferred to what is considered an “open prison.” These types of prisons are essentially government-regulated hostels. Try as they might to keep it secret, news of the transfer made headlines and Liverpool natives became outraged. They didn’t want this child killing criminal to be allowed essentially free reign in their neighborhood. McGreavy was sent back to closed prison.
As for Clive and Elsie, they never really got over their loss. Elsie almost died after self-overdosing six months after her childrens’ deaths and eventually moved away from Worcester and Clive. She says that she has lived through 40 years of Hell and is awaiting the day that David McGreavy gets released. Though her reasons are less than noble…
Elsie feels no remorse at all for what happened to McGreavy. “If he was released, I’d be waiting outside with a gun,” she explained. “’Life should mean life and he should never get to walk free. He got off lightly with a life sentence – he should have been hanged…For what he did to my three children and me, he deserves the same treatment that they got – death.”
Later this Year
Unfortunately for her, David McGreavy has finally been put up again for parole in 2018. Though he has tried nine other times and been denied each time, there is still the chance he will be set free. Frankly, if I were him, I’d be more concerned with what might happen to me outside of prison than what’s going on inside.