‘Babes in the Woods’ paedophile serial killer dies in Durham jail

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A PAEDOPHILE serial killer who murdered three children has died of kidney failure.

Ronald Jebson, who was nick-named the ‘Babes in the Woods’ killer, snatched Susan Blatchford, 11, and Gary Hanlon, 12, from the streets of Enfield, North London, in March 1970.

He took the children to Epping Forest, Essex, where he sexually assaulted and strangled them, before dumping their bodies in the woods.

He was arrested four days later after he was caught indecently assaulting an 11-year-old boy, and was jailed for five years. -

After his release in 1973, Jebson strangled eight-year-old Rosemary Papper, the daughter of his friend. He was jailed for life in the crime.

It was only three decades after the the Epping Forest killings that he confessed to the murders.

He was handed two further life sentences, which he served at HMP Frankland in Durham under his birth name Ronald Harper,

Jebson, 76, died at the University Hospital of North Durham on April 17.