BABES in the Wood child killer Russell Bishop is dying from brain cancer in jail.

Bishop, 55 – who killed nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in the notorious 1986 attack but escaped justice for 32 years — has been told he could have just weeks to live.


The predatory paedophile was initially diagnosed with bowel cancer, which has now spread to his brain.

Bishop underwent surgery to try to stop the growth of the disease in his head, but it was unsuccessful.

The double killer — said to be “devastated” by the diagnosis — is now having palliative care at tough HMP Frankland, County Durham, where he is held.

Last night, a source said: “Bishop has weeks or, at most, months left and he is devastated by the diagnosis.


“His life is ebbing away and he is getting progressively weaker.

“He is getting good care at the jail, but it is only palliative care to make his final weeks less painful.

“But a lot of people think there is an element of karma to this and not many of the staff — nor some of the inmates — feel too sorry for him.

“I am sure the families of those he attacked and killed might feel there is some justice here as well.

“Bishop has never shown much remorse for what he did so people feel justified in not feeling much sympathy towards him.”

Bishop, of Brighton, lured best friends Nicola and Karen to a secluded den in the city’s Wild Park where he sexually assaulted and strangled them.

Their bodies were found the next day.

He was prosecuted, but walked free in 1987 due to errors by police, forensic experts and prosecutors.

Bishop went on to abduct and sexually assault a girl of seven in a near identical attack — and was jailed for attempted murder in 1990.

He was finally convicted of the Babes in the Wood murders in December, 2018, after DNA advances.

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