A family's 32 year wait for justice
May 10, 2016 3:45am CST
32 years ago a teen-aged girl was stabbed, sexually assaulted and left to die in a pool of blood. Her only 'mistake' had been that she walked home alone from a night club in the city of Bath. The police had samples of the killer's blood but couldn't find the man. The police had a major investigation and arrested (and then released) a total of 94 men as part of their investigation but they never found the killer. After killing Melanie Road, Christopher Hampton calmly went back to his own life with none of his friends or family ever suspecting anything about his horrendous crime. More than 30 years passed and Hampton must have thought he'd got away with it, that he'd been one of the criminals that could look back on their crime and laugh in the face of the police. And then it all went wrong for him - but through no action of his own. Hampton's daughter was picked up by the police for a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, was cautioned and a DNA sample was taken. Police computers crunched the DNA data and spotted the similarity to the DNA of the blood found at the scene of the crime. Since Hampton's daughter was only 12 when the killing took place and the DNA was similar but not a match, the natural conclusion was that she must be closely related to the killer. A life sentence has just been passed on Hampton and he's been told that he'll most likely die in jail.
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• United States
10 May 16
This is truly chilling! What is even more horrendous to think about is that his daughter was only a few years younger than the victim! I don't want to even think of what could have happened to her had he been a more disturbed man. Atleast the family will now find justice, though his family is having to face the fact that the man they knew wasn't whom they thought he was.