This true crime is along the Junko Furuta line of disturbing.
This killer was so cruel he gouged out the eyes of a young girl and then continued to torture her for a further three weeks before she finally died!
In 1995, Kelly Anne Bates was babysitting in Manchester, England when she caught the eye of James Patterson Smith.
He groomed the young girl to become his girlfriend. She was 14 and he was 30 years her senior.
James Patterson Smith
Smith was divorced and already with a history of violence towards his much younger girlfriends. He had violently beaten a 20-year-old who was pregnant with his child and the next girl, only 15, he attempted to drown in the kitchen sink.
Kelly Anne Bates
Bates had kept her relationship with Smith a secret from her parents for two years before she moved into his house.
When Kelly’s mother first met him he made the hairs on the back of neck stand up.
She recalled feeling a bizarre urge to kill him then and later felt it must have been a sixth sense. Unnerved, she urged her daughter to return home.
Bates didn’t leave and called her parents to let them know she would be busy with a part-time job.
This phone call was the last time they spoke to their daughter.
When Bates disappeared her worried parents had decided to call the police instead of going to the house again. They feared that if they visited her personally that there would be repercussions upon their daughter from Smith.
The police, however, refused as the teen was now of legal age. Smith’s worried neighbor who had seen Bates around also asked after her. Smith had gone into the house where Bates had been shown very briefly to her from the upstairs window of the house.
On April 16th, 1996 Smith went to the police station and reported that he had accidentally killed his girlfriend in the bathtub during an argument.
He had tried to resuscitate her and she would often pretend to be unconscious.
The examination of the body told a different story. The pathologist described her injuries as being the worst he had ever seen on a murder victim.
A Relief to Die
150 injuries were counted on the body of Kelly Anne Bates. Smith had:
Scalded her buttocks and legs.
Partially scalped her
Gouged out both eyes and later stabbed the wounds inside her empty sockets.
Burned her thighs with a clothing iron
Crushed her hands.
Mutilated her ears, nose, eyebrows, and lips
Stabbed her multiple times with knives, forks, and scissors.
Fractured her arm.
Injured her from a shovel and pruning shears
Stabbed her multiple times in the mouth.
When the police arrived at the house there was blood everywhere. Smith said she wasn’t murdered and would self injure.
The gruesome reality was that Bates had been tied to a radiator by her hair where she was tortured for a month. In the very first week, he severely burned her and cut out her eyes.
Smith intended her suffering to be as long and agonizing as possible. In addition to the other atrocities, he had starved and denied her of water for several days prior to her death. He kept her in a hole in the floor which her mother had recalled seeing during her one and only visit. Smith had explained it was from a gas leak.
The final moments of the life of Bates were spent being beaten with a showerhead causing her skull to fracture. Smith had then dropped her in the tub where she had drowned. The prosecutor stated at the trial that her death must have been nothing but a relief to her.
A Distorted Reality
During the trial, Smith was asked why he had blinded and stabbed Bates. He claimed, that the girl had dared him to do it.
A psychiatrist reported that Smith had a severe paranoid disorder with morbid jealousy” and lived in a “distorted reality”.
The jurors who were given therapy after the trial took only an hour to find Smith guilty.
The judge recommended that he be given a minimum of 20 years in jail.
150 years would be more appropriate, one year for each injury would still never be equal to the harrowing last days of her life.