Britain’s worst pedophile, Richard Huckle, was born in Ashford, Kent, in 1986, to a middle-class family.
As a young man, he wasn’t much of a strange person: he had a certain aloofness, but nothing peculiar could have suggested the monster that lurked behind a regular face.
A beast that would rear its disgusting head for the first time (that we know of today) when Huckle traveled to Malaysia during a gap year, which he took after spending some time in college.
In his life and travels around South Asia, he would abuse over 200 children in every possible way, leaving behind him a trail of broken childhoods and a bunch of images, records, and other methods of tracking his ‘success’ over the years.
Only when he was finally arrested in 2014 did the world know part of his crimes’ nature and extent.
Here we review ten aspects of his life and death after he was stabbed and strangled last year in prison.
10 Huckle Posed As A Very Religious Teacher
His method was simple and effective: he approached the children and groomed them by posing as a Christian teacher, mostly English, and got to be accepted in churches, orphanages, and other care institutions where he could be working with kids.
He often preyed upon children who belonged to Christian families, which implicitly gave him their trust because of his apparent religiosity.
9 He Exploited Poverty
One of the characteristics he sought out more during his travels was poverty. Bragging online when he still hadn’t been caught, he wrote: “impoverished kids are much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids.”
Taking advantage of the difficult economic position of the families he worked with and offering in appearance a very much needed hand in taking care of the children, he lured his victims into trusting him by giving them gifts and turning himself into a source of things that they couldn’t otherwise afford.