Soham murderer Ian Huntley has taped a confession of how he killed Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in England, it was reported today.
He gave previously unknown details of his crimes in a tape made before a suicide bid, according to The Sun.
According to the newspaper, the former school caretaker says that when he told his lover Maxine Carr that he wanted to own up to the murders of the 10-year-old girls in Soham, Cambridgeshire in August, 2002, she slapped his face.
She told him to pull himself together – because she did not want to lose her job as a teaching assistant or the house they shared, it says.
He also says he lied in court about how he disposed of the bodies and was ordered by Carr to burn them.
He says it was believed he disposed of the bodies on the Sunday evening.
“That wasn’t the case. It was actually Monday morning about 8.30 in the morning that I took them to Lakenheath.
“They spent the night in the boot of my car.”
He says he was brushing his dog, Sadie, when he saw Jessica and Holly, who had a nose bleed.
At some point Holly fell into the bath, but he took her out, and there were “clearly signs of life at that point”.
He took Jessica downstairs to the living room and she walked towards the door.
“I just grabbed hold of her, realising I couldn’t let her go. At that point, with one hand over her mouth and the other round her neck, she died.”
When he turned his attention back to Holly, she was dead. He said there was no sexual interference with either girl.
A Prison Service spokesman said tonight: “On 5 September 2006 Ian Huntley was found unconscious in his cell on the healthcare wing of HMP Wakefield. He was taken to hospital where he received treatment and returned to HMP Wakefield the next day.
“Subsequent to what appears to have been a suicide attempt, a tape was found.”
A judge has ruled that Huntley should serve at least 40 years for the murders.
Mr Justice Moses said he had considered imposing a “whole life order” but decided not to because the crime could have been worse if there had been pre-planning and a “proven element of abduction”.
Carr was convicted of conspiring to pervert the course of justice with Huntley.
She provided a false alibi for Huntley by lying to police about her whereabouts on the weekend when the 10-year-olds were killed.