Imagine yourself a high school student named Samantha Bryan. Now imagine yourself going to school and getting an assignment on serial killers. At first you might find it creepy, but interesting, right? You do the research and suddenly and shockingly discover that someone in your OWN family is a famous serial killer. UNREAL! What do you do? Who do you tell? WTH?
Can you imagine being 14-year-old Samantha Bryan? Can you imagine how this young girl suddenly felt when she discovered her father was a famous serial killer? Can you imagine how she felt after she found out he murdered young girls?
The Telegraph reports that Samantha Bryan was instructed by her school to research notorious crimes connected to the Grimsby area where she is from. She was given a list of names and chose Ian Huntley, who was arrested in 2002 for murdering 10-year-old girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. After Google-searching Huntley, Samantha discovered a picture of herself and her mother online.
“It was like being thumped in the chest,” Samantha Bryan told the newspaper. “I began to shake, I couldn’t stop the tears.”
Samantha Bryan was only four at the time of the murders, and had never met her biological father. Her mother left Huntley after he allegedly physically abused and raped her. She then married Martin Bryan, Samantha’s current father.
“I try not to even say his name, as to do that is to acknowledge his existence,” Samantha Bryan said. “I hate him. He’s never been my dad, he’s nothing more than a sperm donor. To know he is genetically connected to me sickens me.”
“I’m speaking out, as I refuse to be ashamed for existing, otherwise I’d become just another of his victims. To acknowledge him as anything else would be to give him a power I will never let him hold over me.”
“I didn’t cause the pain, suffering and anguish he has caused to so many people, although I think of his victims and their families. I feel so terribly sorry for Holly and Jessica’s parents for what he’s done. Especially with young sisters myself. Ever since I found out about the girls I’ve thought about what they must have felt.”
Samantha Bryan said one picture of a woman and a girl “jumped out at me.” Although Huntley did not appear and the faces were pixelated, “I knew instantly one was my mum. And the little girl standing beside her was me at about 10.”
Samantha Bryan is now training to become a paramedic . She told the newspaper that she had previously felt the killer was a “dark specter hanging over [her] life,” but has since drawn a line under the association.
“He is pure evil,” Bryan said. “What he is like hasn’t been passed on to me. I refuse to let something like him take over my mind or my life. I will make a positive difference with my life, I want to help others… the exact opposite of everything he stands for and ever will.”
Huntley is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum of 40 years at the notorious Frankland Prison in Durham for the murder of 10-year-old schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.The double child killer, 43, is the subject of the new documentary which marks the 15th anniversary of the horrific crime and re-examines the events that took place in the small Cambridgeshire town of Soham called Soham Revisited: 15 Years On.
Ms. Bryan added: “Part of me thinks he deserves everything he gets and that hopefully somebody will do a good job on him.”
“But then I think that’s the easy way out he should rot in jail.”
Well said Samantha Bryan! Couldn’t agree more! Good luck to you in your new career. Sounds like you have a bright future ahead of you. Moving on from this scumbag is the best you could have ever done.