Britain’s youngest ever female murderer who stabbed a stranger to death when she was just 12-years-old is to remain caged behind bars after being denied parole.
Sharon Carr, dubbed the ‘Devil’s Daughter’, knifed 18-year-old Katie Rackliff 32 times in an unprovoked attack as the teenager walked home from a night out in June 1992.
The hairdresser’s murder went unsolved for five years as police officers hunted an adult man rather than the child.
It was only after she attacked another schoolgirl with a knife in Camberely, Surrey, and bragged about killing Katie while in a young offender institute that she was arrested.
Carr had pinned her hopes on being released by the Parole Board 30 years after the savage slaying. But justice chiefs decided she is too dangerous to be released and threw out her bid for freedom, MailOnline has learned.
Sharon Carr, who stabbed an 18-year-old woman to death when she was just 12 in 1992, could be freed within days
Katie Rackliff was stabbed 32 times in June 1992 after Carr attacked the hairdresser at random
Carr was convicted for Katie’s murder back in 1997 and was sentenced to a life in prison with a minimum jail term of 14 years
One diary entry by Carr made after killing Katie read: ‘I enjoyed putting the blade up her, it made me feel powerful’
The Parole Board told MailOnline also ‘refused to recommend a move’ to an open jail. A spokesman added: ‘Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.’
Two years after Katie’s murder she attacked another schoolgirl with a knife in Camberley, Surrey.
The young girl – who was stabbed on June 7, 1994, exactly two years after the murdered Katie – survived the attack which saw a four inch knife stabbed into her lungs.
She was then sentenced to two years at Young Offenders’ institution Bullwood Hall, and began bragging to fellow prisoners about committing a murder.
In March 1997, police were called to the institute after Carr had tried to strangle two nurses and began bragging about killing Katie in March 1997.
She was later convicted over the murder and was sentenced to a life in prison with a minimum jail term of 14 years.
Two years ago she lost her bid to relax her jail regime after she plotted to split another inmate’s head open and throw her down a stair case.
High Court judge Mr Justice Julian Knowles wrote: ‘[Carr] had disclosed thoughts of wanting to murder another resident by splitting her head open with a flask and throwing her down the stairs to snap her neck.’
When she was sentenced, she was called an ‘extremely dangerous individual’ with Judge Mr Justice Scott Baker telling her: ‘It is apparent both from the brutal manner in which you mutilated her body and chilling entries in your diary, that killing, as you put it, turns you on.’
Other shocking diary entries from the killer spoke of the thrill she got from harming people.
It took police officers five years to convict Carr over the murder of Katie
One terrifying diary entry saw the killer say ‘Killing is my business, and business is good’
Drawings of knives were littered through her diary entries following Katie’s death
Carr’s murder of Katie, whose parents Helen and Joseph are pictured, was so brutal police hunted an adult man instead of a 12-year-old girl
One read: ‘I was born to be a murderer. Killing for me is a mass turn-on and it just makes me so high I never want to come down.
‘Every night I see the Devil in my dreams – sometimes even in my mirror, but I realise it was just me.’
Chillingly on the night she murdered Katie, she bragged in her diary about the killing, stating: ‘I’m a killer. Killing is my business, and business is good.’
Another read: ‘I enjoyed putting the blade up her, it made me feel powerful.’
Her diary entries from around the time of the killing, which were found when police raided her mother’s house following her arrest, are filled with violent imagery expressing her growing desire to murder someone.
Carr will be eligible for another parole review in ‘due course’, with a date due to be set by the Ministry of Justice.
A Parole Board spokesman added: ‘Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
‘A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.’
Why did it take police five years to discover who killed Katie Rackliff?
Sharon Carr murdered Katie Rackcliffe in June 1992, but she wouldn’t be convicted until 1997, five years after her victim died.
This was because the police had been looking for a killer of an entirely different description because of the nature of the brutal killing.
Carr had stabbed her victim 27 times and mutilated her, the kind of attack police normally attribute to male killers.
Experts say that female killers usually use only enough violence to kill their victim, so wouldn’t stab them several times or mutilate them.
Dr David Holmes, a criminal psychologist, said: ‘For the investigating police, Katie’s death was one of mystery, however, the primary evidence, the frenzied attack, the sexuality of the attack, would point to a male.
‘It would point to perhaps a male in their 30s. It would point to someone who is physically capable of dragging Katie from one killing location to her final resting place.’