Review: Beyond Evil – Inside the Twisted Mind of Ian Huntley by Nathan Yates

Beyond Evil

Being on a role when it comes to reading I have managed to finish two boos this week. The first one can be found here and now I am reviewing this book about the Soham murders.

Nathan Yates who is a journalist for The Daily Mirror and worked the case as it happened writes this book. A book delves deep into the past of both the killer and his partner including their upbringing and Huntley’s previous sexual and violent history. I can help but think there is a heavy use of ‘artistic licence’ in the details and descriptions that he uses. The author documents what Huntley would have been thinking and feeling when he murdered the girls, when he was hiding the bodies and subsequently trying to return to his normal life. As none of these details have ever been revealed, let alone discussed, I wonder how Nathan knew what was going on. The only person who knows what happened that day is Huntley himself. The author also tries to detail how Huntley killed the girls, which is still disputed by pathologists.

There is also one glaring fault in the book where Nathan claims that he believes Huntley may have used a drug similar to GHB to subdue the two girls, or may have given them alcohol. This is inaccurate as the girls stomach content analysis proved that they had not been given drugs or alcohol as their stomachs were devoid of any alcohol or drug related substances.

Nobody relevant to the case was interviewed in the book. The quotes all come from “a person close to the families”, or “An old school pal”.

Overall the book was sensational and biased, rather than fact based, but having said that it was a good read. Weather or not the murder of Holly and Jessica was intentional or not, I do not know. But I do believe that if he wasn’t caught he would have killed again.

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3 comments

  1. I read this book a while ago – wasn’t to impressed but it was a quick read. Just before Christmas I attended a talk given by Dr Patricia Wiltshire who was involved in the forensic investigation at the scene, was fascinating listening to her. She also wasn’t afraid to share some strong opinions which made great listening!

  2. I respect everyone’s opinions but unless you knew the family, which our family did, please try not to draw your own opinions. What Huntley did WAS with intent. He had Holls and Jess in that house and from the moment they stepped through that door he had no doubt in his mind they would never walk out alive. Maxine Carr is beyond Evil, if not more so because she directed him in how to deposition two beautiful, defenseless young girls. may Huntley & carr rot in the depths of hell for eternity!!!

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