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Richard Smith: Pudsey Family ‘Slaughter’ Becomes A Play Along Murder Mystery

by | 14th, December 2011

RICHARD Smith murdered his wife Claire two young children, Ben, nine, and Aaron, one, with a knife. He then set fire to the family home in Pudsey, West Yorkshire. Richard Smith died from smoke inhalation.

The Daily Mirror leads with a studio portrait of the family taken a few months before the horror and states: SENSELESS .”

The paper couches the loss of life in the mundanity of the day to day:

“A trip to see Santa, a kids’ football team Christmas party, but hours later thy were all dead. So how did a row over dad’s flirting lead him to slaughter his perfect wife and children?”

The Mirror calls the children adorable “. It says the wife was perfect “. The Mirror is tugging at heartstrings. It seeks to stir emotion with a heavy spoon.

The Sun says the picture of the family is heartrending “. The paper even manages to tell readers what Richard Smith was thinking:

Proud dad Richard Smith poses for an idyllic family portrait — alongside the “perfect” wife and sons he killed at the weekend.

Who needs phone hacking when you can read minds?

Back in the Mirror , the question hints at a cause for the “senseless” crimes.

Officers are investigating the theory that the 37-year-old junior football coach flipped after he was challenged by Clair, 36, over claims he had started a close ­relationship with another woman in recent weeks.

The Mail picks up the torch and runs with:

Was killer father having an affair? Detectives probe private life of triple murderer…

Detectives are probing the possibility that he had been having an affair and that this was a key factor behind the appalling multiple murders.

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