Anorak | Why Daniel Bartlam did it: explaining matricide with God, the Devil and John Snape

Why Daniel Bartlam did it: explaining matricide with God, the Devil and John Snape

by | 3rd, April 2012

DANIEL Bartlam the Nottingham boy who murdered his mother, Jacqueline Bartlam at 14, is the Daily Mirror’s “DEVIL CHILD”. No. He isn’t. He’s the teenager who lived in a fantasy world and murdered his mother in cold blood while she was sleeping with this then 6-year-old younger brother. Daniel Bartlam did not murder his young brother but took him outside into the street. He then doused his mother in petrol and set the family home on fire. At no point in the court case against him was religion mentioned.

The Mirror said he watched and played:

Violent video games and films, including The Amityville Horror and Final Destination – suitable only for people aged over 18 – were also found [in his room].

Which games are not mentioned. The two films are both certificate 15 . In the race to create a video nasty story, the Mirror did no fact checking.

At Nottingham Crown Court Judge Mr Justice Flaux told Daniel Bartlam:

“This was a grotesque and senseless killing, made all the more shocking because at the time you were only just 14. What your motive really was remains unclear.”

The Mirror says he is “evil”. The Mirror says he needs no motive.

“It seems that you wanted to see if you could get away with the perfect murder. You acted out the script you had been writing on your computer in the preceding weeks. The devising of this plan is borne out by internet sites you had been looking at, many of them concerned with murder and people who get away with murder. You viewed Trial and Retribution series X: The Sins of the Fathers and the murder committed with a hammer by John Stape, a character in Coronation Street.”

The Sun sees that summing up and leads with:


The Telegraph calls him the “soap opera copycat killer”.

The Daily Express goes fruther:


So. According to the tabloids, the “evil” DEVIL BOY” did it because of a Coronation Street plot, a plot in which there was no fire and in which the killer, John Snape, first tries to call an ambulance to save his victim, who has been stalking him and tried to hurt him with a hammer. There is then a huge crash a tram has fallen onto the cobbled streets of a fictional opera opera. Snape puts the phone down and places the cead woman, one Charlotte Hoyle, into the wreckage.

It might be that the killer, Daniel Bartlam, is not the only one who cannot separate fact from

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