Murdered mum’s unsent letter to her killer boyfriend says ‘you still scare me’

Clare Wood was murdered by George Appleton in 2009
Clare Wood was murdered by George Appleton in 2009 (Picture: PA)

A grieving father has launched an unsent letter from his murdered daughter to her killer ex that described how a lot he terrified her.

Clare Wood was 36 when she was strangled and set on fireplace in her dwelling by obsessive George Appleton on February 2, 2009.

Police launched a nationwide manhunt earlier than Appleton was discovered hanging in a derelict pub six days later.

Prior to her killing she repeatedly contacted claiming Appleton had brought about legal injury, harassed, threatened to kill and sexually assaulted her.

The mother-of-one had a panic alarm put in at her dwelling after submitting an allegation of tried rape in opposition to her would-be assassin, and Appleton had even been arrested per week earlier than her dying for smashing down her entrance door.

Greater Manchester Police was discovered to have mishandled the case by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which dominated Clare had been let down by ‘individual and systemic’ failures.



Her father, Michael Brown, campaigned for the introduction of Clare’s Law as a result of he believed her dying would have been preventable had she identified about her companion’s violent previous.

Undated handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Clare Wood as the abusive pasts of more than 1,300 violent partners have been revealed under a scheme rolled out nationally less than a year ago, figures obtained by the Press Association have revealed.
Clare’s Law was launched after GMP was discovered to have mishandled the case (Picture: PA)

The regulation was launched in 2014 permitting police to disclose details about a companion’s earlier historical past of violence.

Now, 10 years on, Michael, of South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, has launched a handwritten letter from his daughter that reveals her hidden fears.

The letter was discovered within the again pages of an empty pocket book whereas former-prison-officer Michael was gathering her belongings.

It reads: ‘There is no easy way to say this, but I don’t need to be with you, an excessive amount of has occurred.

‘I am so unhappy, I am at the stage where I don’t even such as you touching me and that feeling isn’t going to go.

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‘You still scare me, and I can’t be with somebody I’m terrified of.

‘Don’t contact me. That’s the best way it wants to be. I want to get on with my life. If you have got any feeling for me you’ll let me do that.

‘Don’t use this as an excuse to go off the rails. Bear in thoughts you had been fortunate sufficient not to go to jail once more and I did provide you with an opportunity and I had to do that by letter since you simply gained’t pay attention to me in any respect.



‘I have told you before how I feel and you have chosen to ignore it hoping it will go away, it hasn’t. Each day I really feel worse.

‘I have to consider my daughter, also and after all you’ve carried out, I can’t have you ever again. It’s not truthful on her and she is aware of I might by no means be pleased with you. She can by no means belief you both.

‘Take care, I mean it. Clare.’

Undated handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of George Appleton, 40.
Appleton had a historical past of violence and had been in jail (Picture: PA)

Michael, who mentioned his first assembly along with his daughter’s killer is etched on his mind, mentioned: ‘She instructed me she had met this lad, she sounded joyful sufficient.

‘They appeared out of nowhere sooner or later at my home in Batley. I took an prompt dislike to him.

‘They had just come from my son’s home and my son requested me what I considered him and we each had the identical opinion. We didn’t like him and wish something to do with him.

‘When I came upon he had carried out time in jail that made me curious. Claire mentioned it was due to some motoring offences.

‘Because of my job I couldn’t be seen to be reporting with ex-cons and I instructed her not to convey him again. She understood why I mentioned it. I might still go to her and I used to be there pretty frequently.’

Clare ended her relationship with Appleton in October, 2008, after she discovered he had been texting different ladies.


He mentioned: ‘I used to be satisfied to bits after I heard she had completed it.

‘Clare came up to us for Christmas – two months before she met her fate – and said George Appleton was making a nuisance of himself. I told her to pack up her things and come back here.’

On February 5, 2009, Michael acquired a name from his ex-son-in-law stating he hadn’t heard from Clare.

He mentioned: ‘It turned out that my daughter had been beaten, strangled and he had set her on fire and they had to use a cherry picker to get her out.’

‘It turns out him being a ‘nuisance’ was really tried rape. He was pulled in and set free quite a few instances by police,’ added Michael.

‘My daughter died because some ‘man’ couldn’t perceive the phrase “no”.

‘Clare didn’t get the safety that one would have anticipated. You don’t count on to be burying your individual youngster or going to their funeral. That’s not the order of issues.’

Michael added: ‘If I had the data I’ve now again then I might have marched her straight dwelling.

‘The last moments of my daughter’s life had been her kicking and screaming making an attempt to get away from Appleton.’



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