Carole Packman: Murderer refuses to reveal where he hid his wife’s body in prison

Russell Causley evaded justice for a decade until he faked his own death as part of an insurance scam. (Image: PA)

A ‘total monster’ who has refused to reveal where he hid his wife’s body after killing her 35 years ago, is behind bars.

Russell Causley, who killed Carole Packman in 1985, was released from prison last year.

He was arrested again on Saturday for violating the standard license conditions of his parole.

Carole’s family say he ‘should never have been released’.

Causley evaded justice for a decade until he faked his own death as part of an insurance scam.

Carole disappeared in 1985, a year after her husband moved his mistress to their home in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Her daughter Sam believes she left after finding a note stating that she had decided to leave and would not return.

Russell Causley with wife Carole and daughter Samantha (Image: PA)

But the insurance scam prompted the police to re-investigate Packman’s disappearance, and in 1996, Causley was found guilty of murder.

Carole’s family tried to file an appeal against the Parole Board’s decision to release him last year, arguing that he was a threat to their safety.

They join calls to introduce a law that would prevent killers from going free if they don’t reveal the whereabouts of their victims’ bodies.

The Parole Board found that, while it was ‘heartless’ to refuse to disclose the whereabouts of the 78-year-old, it did not increase the risk to the public.

Causley’s recollection is not out of concern that he has committed any more crimes.

Carole Packman’s grandson says her murderous husband should never have been released (Image: PA)

It is understood he did not attend or engage with his probation supervision.

His grandson Neil Gillingham called the killer ‘a total monster’ and said he was ‘very happy’ to be back behind bars.

He said the family was not told what he had done, and added: ‘I just hope that no one was hurt.’

He described the decision to allow Causley to be released as ‘despicable’ and ‘morally wrong’.

‘He’s been out for just over a year. I have repeatedly said that he is not fit to be released,’ he said.

‘He couldn’t believe it, he never told the truth. He has never been associated with the police.

‘And even now, my grandmother is missing. Where’s my grandma? It’s been 37 years – who’s serving a life sentence? ‘

Russell Causley was recalled to prison for violating licensing conditions (Image: PA)

Attorney General Robert Buckland later appealed the decision to free Causley, despite previous Justice Department officials supporting the plan.

But the Council upheld its ruling.

It comes after Colin Pitchfork, who raped and strangled two 15-year-old girls in Leicestershire in the 1980s, was recalled to prison for breaching license conditions after the Parole Board decided to release him. do for him.

At the time, justice officials said offenders being called back when there was a breach showed the system was working as expected.

However, Mr Gillingham said it raised concerns about release decisions being made as he repeated previous criticisms of the Parole Board, this time describing the agency as ‘ absolutely unprofitable’ and called for the chief executive, Martin Jones, to step down.

Causley, who was described last year as ‘in poor health’, has spent more than 23 years in prison.

His risk is assessed as medium, he is required to live at a specific address, wear an electronic tag and obey a curfew, as well as comply with the supervision of a probation officer.

He was first found guilty of murder in 1996 but this was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in June 2003, and he faces a second trial for murder.

He was later found guilty at a retrial in 2004.

The case must now be referred to the Parole Board within 28 days, after which it will be decided, potentially with a hearing, whether he should stay behind bars or be released.

If he is not released, his next pardon review will take place in about two years.

A Probation Authority spokesman said: ‘Protecting the public is our number one priority, so when offenders breach the conditions of release and potentially pose a risk to increased, we did not hesitate to return them to custody.’

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