Nicola Fellows And Karen Hadaway – Brighton – Babes in the wood
Two nine-year-old girls were dubbed the Babes in the Wood after their bodies were found in the Wild Park, at Moulescombe, Brighton, on Thursday, October 9th, 1986. Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway had been sexually assaulted and murdered.
Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows (right) were strangled
Nicola and Karen were snatched off the street close to their homes in the Moulsecoomb estate in Brighton on October 9, 1986 after going out to play. Relatives and friends, including Russell Bishop,a family friend joined more than 150 police officers searching for them.
Their bodies were found the following day, huddled together in nearby Wild Park. Karen’s head was resting on her friend’s lap. Detectives believed the girls knew their killer and arrested Bishop three weeks later
Russell Bishop, (pictured below) was tried for the rape and strangulation of the two girls, but was acquitted. He was tried at Lewes Crown Court for the double-murder. Notwithstanding that, the police believed he was a paedophile who would strike again.