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Ian Huntley: Meet Soham Killer’s Crazy ‘Girlfriend’ Joanna Rutledge

by | 29th, October 2010

IAN Huntley, the man who murdered Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham, is dating one Joanne Rutledge, 27. The Sun says she is his girlfriend. They’ve been exchanging letters for about a year.

Huntley has no chance of ever leaving jail. Her will be locked in one institution or another until he dies. This lover might be just what the prisoner officers at Category A Frankland jail, Co Durham, who have to keep the killer alive need to make their lives easier.

But Andrew Parker, the Sun’s writer, isn’t interested in that. Rutledge is a way to get Huntley back on the front page and stir easy emotion in readers:

Besotted Rutledge gushed sickeningly last night about her bizarre love for Huntley – the evil killer she claims lusts after her.

He isn’t dating her. They’ve not actually met. She is not his girlfriend. Such are the facts. Says she:

“Ian’s lovely. I sent him some photographs of myself and he said I looked really good. He fancies me. Things have progressed with him, we’ve spoken on the phone and there’s a visit on the way.”

By own reckoning she will have to visit him. And he will need approval for the visit. Love may yet be stymied by metal bars, high walls and the law. Says Rutledge:

“I want to see this through and I want to meet him. I’ve come this far to meet Ian Huntley. I first contacted him because I’m interested in true crime and I want to meet him.

So. Not a besotted lover but a woman interested in “true crime”. Although calling him lovely seems to be a misuse of the word, unless she’s trying to win him over?

“He’s had thousands of letters since he got convicted and he can make phone calls to anybody but I’m the first stranger he’s contacted. Frankland do a check on you and they know he rings me and they are recorded. They know what he writes to me and what I write to him. They have to verify each person he contacts. He’s told me he doesn’t expect to get out of prison ever and nor does he think he deserves to get out of prison.”

Rutledge seems to be pleased with her connection to Huntley. As for her being a stranger, she contacted him first. Her letters to a killer have got her on the front page of the Sun . It’s got her noticed. What else do we know about

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