It is a close-knit, working class community, with local children frequently playing out in the derelict streets, often for hours without parental supervision. Other family members would tell Sereny that in the early years of her life, Betty would try to kill Mary, trying to make it look like an accident. Marrying Betty after Mary was born; Billy Bell is a lifelong criminal who Mary thought may have been her father. Police would later tell of being chased off by a violent Billy who threatens to set the dog on them when they call to interview Mary. Mary is a pretty little girl, with dark hair and piercing blue eyes. Her schoolteachers would comment how bright she is but express concerns about her lack of feeling for other people. She tries to strangle a little girl and suffocate her by filling her mouth with sand, while her friend Norma Bell no relation holds her down.
The Beginning Of A Child-Killer
Mary Bell was only ten years old when she committed her first murder — and it wasn't her last.
Mary Flora Bell born 26 May  is an English woman who, as a child aged 10—11 in , strangled to death two young boys in Scotswood , a district in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne. Since her release from prison in , she has lived under a series of pseudonyms. Her identity has been protected by a court order , which has also been extended to protect the identity of her daughter. In , Bell collaborated with Gitta Sereny on an account of her life, in which she details the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her prostitute mother and her clients. Mary nicknamed May  was her first child, born when Betty was 17 years old. It is not known who Mary's biological father was. For most of her life she believed it to be Billy Bell, a habitual criminal who was later arrested for armed robbery, but she was already a baby when Bill married her mother. Independent accounts from family members strongly suggest that Betty had more than once attempted to kill Mary and make her death look accidental during her first few years of life. Her family was suspicious when Mary "fell" from a window, and when she "accidentally" consumed sleeping pills.
Wikimedia Commons Mary Bell. Mary Bell killed two young boys in When she was released from prison after serving a year sentence, she was only 23 years old. Things went downhill from there. According to later accounts given by Mary herself, her mother began to prostitute her out when she was just four years old — though this remains uncorroborated by family members. Given all that had happened, it did not surprise them that Mary, by the age of ten, had become a strange child, withdrawn and manipulative, always hovering on the edge of violence. For weeks before her first murder, Mary Bell had been acting strangely. On May 11, , Mary had been playing with a three-year-old boy when he was badly injured in a fall from the top of an air raid shelter; his parents thought it was an accident.
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