Ian Huntley has not been found dead in his cell

31 July 2020
What was claimed

Ian Huntley has been found dead in his cell.

Our verdict

This is not true.

A post on Facebook, claiming that convicted murderer Ian Huntley has been found dead in his cell, has been shared over 7,000 times.

This is not true. There is no evidence Ian Huntley has died. 

He is currently serving a minimum of 40 years in prison for the murder of ten year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.

The post on Facebook also includes a link to the “full story”, which actually takes you to an Ebay listing of a book called “Beyond Evil”, about Huntley’s crimes.

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because Ian Huntley is not dead and there is no evidence for this.

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