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New Doc Shows Killer ‘The Fox’ Taunted Police After Wedding Day Massacre

New Doc Shows Killer ‘The Fox’ Taunted Police After Wedding Day Massacre

In the early eighties, Arthur Hutchinson was an infamous name, striking fear through households across the North of England.

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The criminal had already served time, but he was facing further charges of theft, burglary and rape in September 1983 when he decided to flee Selby Police Station, claiming he was going to the toilet as he made his escape.

From then, he earned the nickname 'The Fox' due to his ability to remain uncaught for several weeks, sneaking about at night and breaking into homes and stealing food from unsuspecting citizens by day to survive.

It was the eerily calm way that Hutchinson, 78, conducted his crimes while on the run that left people so paralysed with fear.

Hutchinson was on the run for weeks (Credit: PA)
Hutchinson was on the run for weeks (Credit: PA)

The worst was at Basil and Avril Laitner's daughter Suzanne's wedding in Sheffield in 1983, where he likely watched them celebrating for hours, calmly enjoying cheese and champagne before brutally killing them both and then moving on to their 28-year-old son Richard as well.

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After carrying out the triple murder, Hutchinson went on to rape the family's youngest, 18-year-old Nicola, at knifepoint before fleeing the scene and remaining undetected.

But the new episode of The Killer In My Family is set to reveal how he flirted with being caught throughout his time on the run.

Murdered Richard Laitner pictured at his sister's wedding before Hutchinson struck (Credit: PA)
Murdered Richard Laitner pictured at his sister's wedding before Hutchinson struck (Credit: PA)

In the harrowing new footage from the Quest Red show, journalist David Leslie recalls how local families were scared to leave their homes in the evenings because they were so terrified that Hutchinson was at large.

However, clearly revelling in the attention, he adds that 'The Fox' "taunted the police," even ringing up the papers to boast about how he'd avoided capture.

In one call, chillingly played aloud on the documentary, the murderer proudly tells them: "I'm living rough like the police have said...stealing out of people's back gardens, cabbages and things like that.

Basil and Avril Laitner also fell victim (Credit: PA)
Basil and Avril Laitner also fell victim (Credit: PA)

"I sleep by day and I travel at night. So what do you want to ask me then? You definitely know who I am, don't you? I'm not a hoax. So I'm not going to give myself up."

The painstaking search or the unrepentant triple murderer spanned nine counties in total.

But in a bid to embarrass law enforcement, and make them look like they were failing, he adds in the same conversation: "I'll tell you what, I've never left the area from Selby, alright? I've been here all this time".

Eventually, the killer got too sure of himself, and was caught when he rung his mum to tell her he was "coming home," leading to police catching him in a nearby Teesside turnip field.

However, even when he was sent down with the additional murder charges, he played with the papers and the law enforcement, denying all wrongdoing and manipulatively attempting to lay the blame elsewhere.

Hutchinson revelled in being on the run (Credit: PA)
Hutchinson revelled in being on the run (Credit: PA)

"Arthur Hutchinson pointed his finger and said, 'he's the killer, it wasn't me, I didn't kill the Laitners, Michael Baron from the Sunday Mirror was the murderer,'" Leslie recalls in the new interview. "It caused absolute astonishment".

As the name of the doc suggests, the documentary also speaks to someone who knew Hutchinson better than most - such as his nephew, Dino Junior.

And the truth of his lifelong murderous streak becomes all the more apparent as his relative tells all.

"When he was seven, he'd stabbed one of his sisters and some of the other half-brothers and sisters, they sort of did totally disown him and almost pretend he didn't exist," Dino Junior says.

With the majority of his family kicking him to the curb, it was Dino Junior's father Dino who took Hutchinson in, and even let him live in one of his properties rent free during the 1970s.

But when Dino found out that he'd been falsely claiming benefits their relationship became strained, and Hutchinson decided the only way to save his 'hard man' reputation was to take matters into his own hands.

"My father turfed him out of the house which obviously angered Arthur," Dino Junior explains. "My father worked the night shift and was going on his motorbike to work and I would probably expect Arthur was hiding over there, got himself a gun and waited for the opportune moment."

After shooting and missing, 'The Fox' is said to have casually drove to work. He later received a five-year jail sentence for the attempted murder of his brother.

Hutchinson's nephew has now spoken out (Credit: Quest Red)
Hutchinson's nephew has now spoken out (Credit: Quest Red)

When eventually caught for his later murder, rape and theft crimes in1983, the criminal was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years, which meant he could have been released from prison as soon as 2002.

However, the then Home Secretary Leon Brittan stepped in and decided he should die in prison - making him one of just 70 of the country's worst criminals to never be freed.

This is sure to be a chilling watch.

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The Killer In My Family airs Thursday at 10pm on Quest Red.

Featured Image Credit: Quest Red/PA

Topics: True Crime, TV News

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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