When the case stalled, her father mounted his own investigation.
Was she the victim of a sex fiend? Or was her killer to be found a lot closer to home?
Never mind her husbands, not even her children were safe from her hunger for money.
Her life was brutally cut short by two boys who believed that they were making a sacrifice to Satan.
He killed and killed again – yet it took them more than 20 years to bring him to justice.
Three cleaning women had died grisly deaths; clearly a serial killer was at work – and when he was caught, his identity shocked a nation.
She worshipped the Devil, but was her motive for murder something altogether more banal?
Even in the superstitious 1700s it was possible for witchfinders to go too far…
She said little Heather had been abducted, but the police weren’t buying it – especially when they learnt her other daughter had been ‘snatched’ in similar circumstances.
They were Satanists, they said, so they did what all Satanists do – kidnap and kill children.