Letters from a serial killer – Sunderland murderer begs forgiveness from victims’ families

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SERIAL killer Steven Grieveson wrote letters of apology to the families of three teenagers he murdered, a court heard.

The killer strangled David Hanson, 15, Thomas Kelly, 18, and David Grieff, 15, and then set their bodies on fire to cover his tracks during a murder spree in 1993 and 1994.

The now 42-year-old was convicted of three charges of murder during a trial at Leeds Crown Court in 1996.

Grieveson is now on trial at Newcastle Crown Court accused of murdering 14-year-old Simon Martin in 1990.

The killer has admitted he is responsible for the schoolboy’s death, but denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

During discussions with detectives last January, the killer said he had been sniffing glue on the day of Simon’s death and had been a user since he was just a boy.

He told police: “I was on glue that day, I done it every day, every single day, I sniffed glue from the age of 11.”

During the trial yesterday, jurors heard about three letters Grieveson had written to the families of the three boys he murdered.

The letters, in which Grieveson begs for forgiveness, offers to take his own life and speaks of the love one of his victims felt for his family, were intercepted at HMP Frankland in October last year.

Grieveson denies Simon’s murder.

David Hanson

“Dear Mr and Mrs Hanson,

“I know you said you did not want to hear from me or see me again.

“Please, please, could you read this letter.

“I know the pain you are going through with having your son taken away from you at that age.

“I am truly sorry for taking David away from you, Mr and Mrs Hanson.

“Please find it in your hearts to forgive me.

“I took a piece of your heart away from you on that night.

“I am sorry. Why? I don’t know.

“Forgive me.

“I am so sorry for destroying your family.

“You hate me, detest. I am horrible, I know.

“I am under all this. I am hurting for what I did.

“Everything I say is the truth, I am not just saying it.

“I would even come face to face with you, you can do anything you like, kill me. Will that help anything?

“I am not all bad.

“Please, please understand I did not do this on purpose to hurt you.

“I know your lives will never be the same.

“I will be hated until the day I die.

“I would gladly let you kill me, that’s how sorry I am.

“I did not just destroy your family, my family, everyone else, most of all your family.

“Please forgive me.

“What more can I say?

“Could you find it in your heart to forgive me for taking your boy away with so much life to give?

“Hate me. I am really sorry for tearing your family apart.”

Thomas Kelly

“I am writing this to say I would like to say I am sorry for taking your son Thomas away from you.

“I know you think I am evil, horrible.

“I am everything you think of.

“I should never have done what I did, take your boy away from you.

“Please can you find it in your heart to forgive me?

“I know it is so hard for you to do that.

“I never, ever intended to take Thomas away from you.

“I would gladly give you a gun to shoot me. Would that make a difference?

“I am sorry I destroyed your son’s life, your family’s life.

“I wish I could turn the clock back.

“If you can’t forgive me, I truly understand Mr and Mrs Kelly.

“If I could speak to you face to face I would get on my hands and knees to ask for your forgiveness.

“Please, please, I can’t do anything more than say I am so, so sorry for what I did.

“I know you will have a lot of questions. I will answer anything.

“I am so hurt deep down inside for everything.

“Sorry, that is all I can say.

“I hope one day you will find it in your hearts to forgive me.

“I know he loved you both, he told me.

“I am so sorry for taking your son away.”

David Grieff

“Dear Mr and Mrs Grieff.

“Please find it in your heart to read this letter.

“I would like to say to you both I am really sorry for taking your son away from you and your family.

“I am deeply sad.

“You do not have to tell me, I am a horrible man.

“I know you both hate me so much.

“I am not bad, I have done something bad.

“I am so, so sorry for destroying your family. Please forgive me.

“I would kill myself for you if that will help you to forgive me.

“I am not lying, I destroyed your family, David Hanson’s and Thomas Kelly’s families.

“I know I am hated so much, horrible.

“What can I do for forgiveness?

“I would come face to face with you but you said you never wanted to see me again.

“I hope you find it in both your hearts to forgive me.

“I don’t know what to say.

“I know this will never bring your son back.

“Please find it in your heart to forgive me.

“If you want to know anything I will tell you.

“I am so sorry for taking part of your family away from you.

“Please, I am on my hands and knees now. Sorry.”