Mary Flora Bell is a British woman who, in 1968, as a child, strangled to death two little boys in Scotswood, an inner-city suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne. She was convicted in December 1968,an 11-year-old girl had strangled two younger boys and was now facing conviction, of the manslaughter of the two boys, Martin Brown (aged 4) and Brian Howe (aged 3) and for the rest of her life she would be hounded by the press because of her past.
Mary Flora Bell (born May 26, 1957) was a child-killer, She strangled two children; killing her first victim when she was only 10 years old. What drives such a young girl to murder? It’s no surprise that the answer lies in Mary’s abusive upbringing.
On May 25, 1968, the day after her 11th birthday, Mary Bell strangled four-year-old Martin Brown to death in an abandoned house. She and a friend, Norma Joyce Bell (no relation) then broke into a nursery and left notes admitting Mary’s guilt.
Since her release from prison in 1980, she has lived under a series of pseudonyms. In 1998, Bell collaborated with Gitta Sereny on an account of her life, in which she details the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her mother, a prostitute, and her mother’s clients.