‘Monster of Worcester’ who killed three children freed from jail

David McGreavy has been freed after 46 years in prison

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A man who murdered three children and impaled their bodies on a fence outside their home has been released from prison.

David McGreavy was sentenced to life in jail for murdering Paul Ralph and his sisters, Dawn and Samantha, at their home in 1973.

Paul had been strangled, Dawn was found with her throat cut, and Samantha died from a compound fracture to the skull.

All three children were under five years old.

He was dubbed the ‘Monster of Worcester’ for his crimes.

McGreavy claimed he killed the children because one of them would not stop crying.

The children’s mother Elsie Urry said she was informed of his release by Victim Support.

McGreavy will be subject to exclusion zones where he cannot travel, including where Ms Urry lives in Hampshire.

She told the BBC she could not understand why he was released.

She said: “There's people in prison who have done murders, not half as bad as what he's done, and yet they haven't been put up for parole, so why should he get it?”

“He should be left in there until he bloody dies and even that's too much of a luxury for him.”

Ms Urry had written to the Parole Board several times to oppose his release.

A document from the Parole Board released late last year said McGreavy had changed “considerably” after more than four decades in prison.

“He has developed self-control, as well as a considerable understanding of the problems that he has had and what caused them,” it said.

“The psychologist identified a number of factors which make it less likely that Mr McGreavy will reoffend in future.”

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