Britain's youngest female murderer makes a bid for freedom as her parole will soon be reviewed
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The UK’s youngest female murderer who stabbed a stranger to death and then bragged about it is having a parole review.
Shannon Carr was just 12 years old when she stabbed 18-year-old Katie Rackliff more than 30 times to death in an unprovoked attack.
She was dubbed the ‘Devil’s Daughter’ after she picked Rackliff out at random as she walking home from a nightclub in Surrey.
Carr is now applying for her full release with a Parole Board hearing expected in October, according to the Independent.
A spokesperson for the Parole Board said: “We can confirm the parole review of Sharon Carr has been referred to the Parole Board by the Secretary of State for Justice and is following standard processes.
“Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
“A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.”
The 18-year-old’s death went unsolved for two years until Carr was involved in yet another stabbing at a school in Surrey in June 1994.
Carr was sent to a south Essex young offender’s institute after knifing the schoolgirl.
She then attempted to strangle two nurses at an assessment centre following the second attack.
It was at the young offenders’ institution where she bragged about Katie Rackliff’s murder while on the phone with family.
Institute staff caught her while she was talking about the killing and alerted the police.
She also made several prison diary entries that heavily insinuated she was the killer.
According to the Independent, one note read: “I was born to be a murderer. Killing for me is a mass turn-on and it just makes me so high I never want to come down.
“Every night I see the Devil in my dreams – sometimes even in my mirror, but I realise it was just me.”
Hence the ‘Devil’s Daughter’ nickname.
She was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 14 years back in 1997.
A judge denied her permission to seek a judicial review after hearing that she had fantasised about murdering another inmate.