It’s winter in Newcastle, England, and 11-year-old Mary Bell stands alone in the dock. The daughter of a prostitute, her past has been marred by violence and abuse. Now, the tables have turned, and she finds herself accused of a terrible crime. It’s the start of a horrifying saga that will stalk Mary for the next 50 years.
Mary was born on May 26, 1957, in Newcastle upon Tyne, a city in northern England. Her mother Betty was just 17 when she gave birth. According to records, Betty was a prostitute and often traveled some 150 miles north to Glasgow in order to find work.