Prison’s chilly walls aren’t chilling British killer Ian Huntley‘s chilling love. The former school caretaker convicted of murdering two ten year old girls launched a hunger strike last week to force Wakefield Prison authorities to allow a visit with his lover, convicted killer Dean Wood.
Authorities have denied Huntley’s last four requests, so now the 33-year old criminal’s upping the ante:
I have not eaten and I will not. It is the only way you take notice of me and listen to my views. I want to be able to see people in my cell, not just in the day room. I will keep on refusing meals until my regime changes.
Wakefield staffers, however, refuse to accommodate Huntley’s hunger:
Let’s hope he means it this time… He’s used to a cushy life inside. As soon as he doesn’t get his own way, he throws his toys out of the pram.
What do you want from someone who can’t control murderous urges?
But, seriously, this issue’s a bit more complicated than kid killer wants dick. Where do we draw the line on prisoner’s rights, particularly queer prisoners? They are, after all, human. Flawed, perhaps, but who isn’t?
Prison authorities can’t stand by while Huntley kills himself. They also can’t give into his every whim. Huntley and his lover deserve to be together just like any other lover, but Huntley’s also not the most stable person:
This is Huntley’s second hunger strike since he was jailed in December 2003 for the murders of 10-year-old girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002, and the latest in a series of attempts to take his own life.
He first tried to kill himself in 2003 while he was awaiting trial. The second attempt came in Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, last September after he was told officially he would never be freed. Huntley took a cocktail of pills but doctors saved him.
Wakefield doctors are willing to keep him alive to be imprisoned, but higher authorities won’t let him chill with his man? What’s going on here?