At just 15, Lorraine Thorpe became one of Britain's youngest ever serial killers.
She, along with Paul Clarke, tortured a vulnerable woman to death before going on to slaughter Lorraine's own father.
But when Thorpe and Clarke stood trial, a third man faced the court alongside them.
They were both jailed but John Grimwood was cleared of murder and released back onto Ipswich's streets.
Just a year later, his girlfriend was dead – killed by him – and a second woman was fighting for her life after he stabbed her in the street.
For Carrie Talbot, Grimwood's surviving victim, she cannot understand why he was released.
The chilling story of how Ipswich was gripped by three brutal murders in just 12 months is told in tonight's Murdertown, presented by Katherine Kelly on Crime+Investigation.
Thorpe was still a teenager when she sadistically tortured a vulnerable woman over several days before brutally murdering her.
Then, when her own father realised the terrible crime she had committed, she helped butcher him to make sure he stayed silent.
Rosalyn Hunt was a vulnerable woman who, at 41, was suffering from a serious alcohol problem.
She had recently separated from her husband and was living in a council house in Ipswich.
Rosalyn had fallen in with the drinking community, who regularly took advantage of her and often met in her home to down booze with, or without, her permission.
Paul Clarke was known of the ring leader of the group who would congregate at Rosalyn's home and he often manipulated her to get what he wanted.
But in August, 2009, Clarke and Rosalyn had an argument after she was accused of kicking his dog when it attacked a child.
She was so frightened of Clarke she wouldn't even return to her own home but when she was approached by Clarke's 15-year-old friend, Rosalyn went back to her tormentor's flat.
For days the pair tortured vulnerable Rosalyn, beating her, stamping on her and even whipping her with a dog chain.
Clarke and Thorpe grated her skin with a cheese grater and then rubbed salt in the wounds to make sure she was in as much pain as possible.
After several days of horrific abuse, they moved Rosalyn back to her own home and continued to torture her.
Unable to survive the torture, Rosalyn died in agony in her own home, where she was discovered several days later.
When Thorpe's father, Des, overheard the pair boasting about what they had done he threatened to go to the police.
To silence him, Thorpe and Clarke smothered him.
Brian Tobin has launched a charity to help support those caught up in Ipswich's street drinking culture.
He said: "Des was a chronic alcoholic. I met him on a handful of occasions, used to give him a cigarette or have a chat with him.
"He was a likable enough guy. I think he was more harmful to himself that anyone else.
"In terms of street drinking hierarchy, he was near the bottom, he was very vulnerable. And very apt at being bullied by others on the streets."
At an early age, after her parents separated, Thorpe became the main carer for her father.
Brian said: "Lorraine was never given the opportunity to have a childhood. She became Des’s carer at a very, very young age."
He describes Paul as a "very dangerous individual" – and crucially he had Thorpe under his spell.
Retired Det Chf Insp of Suffolk Police, Rick Munns, said while he was certain Thorpe and Clarke were responsible for Rosalyn's death, that he was certain others were involved too.
He explained: "We know from the evidence that we obtained from witnesses that the group in and around Rosalind’s flat would’ve consisted, obviously, of Rosalyn, Paul Clarke, Lorraine Thorpe, Des Thorpe, Lorraine’s father, very often a man called John Grimwood who was part of the group.
"He was certainly present in and around the two addresses and at varying times over the days running up to when we believe Rosalind was killed and some of the witnesses certainly gave evidence of him committing physical assaults against Rosalind at that time."
The three stood trial for murder. Thorpe, who became Britain's youngest double murderer, was jailed for 14 years while Clarke was sentenced to 27.
But Grimwood was cleared and soon drifted back into street drinking.
His girlfriend was Alison Studd, who had a history of drink and drug problems, and many in the street drinking community had heard about his involvement in the earlier murders.
Alison was also regularly seen with black eyes and split lips but refused to leave the increasingly violent Grimwood.
Then in January, 2001, Carrie Talbot was chatting to Alison close to the Odeon cinema in Ipswich.
Grimwood approached her and asked her to walk round the corner with him – she said now and started to walk off.
The next thing Carrie felt was Grimwood 'punching' her in the back, she asked him why and he punched her a few more times.
Carrie said: "A friend of mine who was sat up at the Odeon said, 'Carrie, run! He’s not punching you, he’s stabbing you'."
She had been repeatedly knifed and was bleeding heavily.
Carrie said: "I had so much running through my head. I was scared, I didn’t know what was going on, I didn’t know why he had done it.
"I couldn’t make sense of what had just happened. I knew I had to get away. I ran past a few shops. I don’t know why but Argos just seemed the obvious shop to go to.
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