Woman defends chilling body bag Halloween display just a mile from scene of child killer
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A mum and Halloween fanatic has defended her decision to include body bags hanging from her windows as part of her Halloween decorations.
The decorations have divided opinion in the local community, as just a mile away from Collette's home, a notorious triple child killer committed his heinous crimes.
Collette lives in Ronkswood, Worcester, just a mile away from where David McGreavy murdered three children and impaled their bodies on railings in 1973.
The killer was dubbed the 'Monster of Worcester' and was released from prison in 2019 after 45 years, much to the dismay of the local community.
As the area has links to a child killer, many neighbours believe Collette's display is 'too over the top' and 'gruesome'.
One neighbour, who wished not to be named, said: "I don't think having body bags hanging from the walls is funny at all. It's just a bit sick.
"I don't celebrate Halloween myself; I think it's a bit ridiculous. I think the display is sinister and will scare kids but that's just my opinion."
However, another neighbour defended the display, saying: "I think people need to stop being so up themselves.
"It's time to get over the McGreavy case, it happened a long time ago. They are clearly just a bit of fun for Halloween."
The mum-of-four has said for the most part the local community enjoy her decorations, but admits she is unsure why the two life-sized body bags were dividing opinion.
Addressing her hot-topic decorations, Collette said: "We’ve had no complaints about our new body bag decorations as far as I know. I don't think they are in bad taste.
"There will always be people who have to say something horrible or nasty when others try to do nice things to make others smile.
“But everyone seems to love them. Most people are curious to know how they are made.
"They are made from an old football for the head, milk cartons, pop bottles, two large black bags, tape, old wire and cable tied to the outside wall.
“No one has mistaken it for a real body. They are all lumpy and bumpy and you wouldn’t get a real body like that.
“My children love it and they all help out with the decorations every year and helped to do the body bags this year.”
Halloween is a big celebration in the Alldrett household, with decorating beginning outside at the start of October every year.
Alongside the body bags, this year's display includes giant spiderwebs and spider, a coffin and even a tribute to horror film It.