When a high school girl was given an assignment to research serial killers, she discovered that her father as a notorious murderer before she was born.
Because her school tasked 14-year-old Samantha Bryan to research the destructive crimes connected to the Grimsby area of London. They gave her a list of names and she chose Ian Huntley. This serial killer was arrested in 2002 for murdering 10-year-old girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
When Samantha did a simple Google search of Huntley – she learned the horrible truth when she saw a picture of her mother and herself online. The serial killer was her biological father…
At first the girl couldn’t understand what she had found out. But then the truth started to sink in and everything began to make sense.
“It was like being thumped in the chest,” Samantha told the newspaper. “I began to shake, I couldn’t stop the tears.”
When her father was killing innocent girls, Samantha was only 4-years-old at the time. Plus, she had never met Ian Huntley because her mother had left him after he allegedly raped and physically abused her – which seemed in keeping with his penchant for violence and murder.
Instead of allowing her daughter to grow up with a violent man, Samantha’s mom married Martin Bryan, who is now the 14-year-old girl’s father.
Samantha was sickened by the truth.
“I try not to even say his name, as to do that is to acknowledge his existence,” Samantha said. “I hate him. He’s never been my dad, he’s nothing more than a sperm donor. To know he is genetically connected to me sickens me.”
Learning about the man’s true nature not only terrified her, but she wants nothing to do with him.
“I’m speaking out, as I refuse to be ashamed for existing, otherwise I’d become just another of his victims. To acknowledge him as anything else would be to give him a power I will never let him hold over me.
“I didn’t cause the pain, suffering and anguish he has caused to so many people, although I think of his victims and their families. I feel so terribly sorry for Holly and Jessica’s parents for what he’s done. Especially with young sisters myself. Ever since I found out about the girls I’ve thought about what they must have felt.”
Samantha made the terrifying connection when a picture online “jumped out at” her. It was of a young woman and a little girl. Within seconds, Samantha realized it was her and her mother. Although the faces were pixelated, “I knew instantly one was my mum. And the little girl standing beside her was me at about 10.”
“The shock was painful,” she added. “A thousand questions ran round in my brain. I didn’t want to be associated with a killer. Was there anything of this monster in me? This Ian Huntley who had killed two little girls.”
Samantha wants to be a productive member of society unlike her serial killer father. She is training to be a paramedic.
“He is pure evil,” she said. “What he is like hasn’t been passed on to me. I refuse to let something like him take over my mind or my life. I will make a positive difference with my life, I want to help others… the exact opposite of everything he stands for and ever will.”
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