Professor David Wilson says Brian Field (inset) will never reveal his secrets
Field is curently serving a life sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of Surrey schoolboy Roy Tuthill in 1968.
For 33 years the former farm worker from Lincolnshire evaded capture for the crime until he was stopped in 2001 for drink-driving in Solihull and a routine DNA test linked him to the murder.
Field lived just around the corner from David and Patrick, who were last seen at a petrol station in the early hours of December 26 where they were given a packet of biscuits by the cashier.
It was just five minutes from David’s house where he lived with his mum Christine and brothers Jonathan and Lee.
At first police thought the boys had run away, but as years ticked by and appeals on milk cartons and the TV programme Crimewatch achieved nothing, the trail grew cold.
In 2006, on the tenth anniversary of the boys’ disappearance, police announced they were re-examining the case, treating the boys’ disappearance as a murder inquiry and Field was their prime suspect.
With a string of convictions for sexual assault – including the kidnap of two boys in Staffordshire – the boys’ families grew hopeful of find out eaxctly what had happened to their children.
Leading criminologist Professor David Wilson
Now, 19 years after the children vanished and with the main suspect approaching 80 years old, leading criminologist Professor David Wilson said it is highly likely Field will die behind bars without ever revealing his chilling secret.
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“People who have killed repeatedly are often unwilling, silent and uncommunicative.
“They never admit to the crimes they have committed, even when the evidence is in front of them.
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“A normal person would want to purge themselves of guilt.
“A psychopath doesn’t think like that.”
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One little boy, 12-year-old Keith Bennet, has never been found and Prof Wilson said that knowledge gave Brady a feeling of power.
Child killer Brian Field
“Field will never say what happened to David and Patrick unless the police are able to produce evidence that is 100 per cent cast iron.
“Even then he will deny it.
“These kinds of people never own up. There’s both a sense of denial and that denial is power.”
Brian Field as a young man
“We remain committed to bringing closure for the families of David and Patrick whose lives have been irrevocably changed by their lengthy disappearance.”