A Victory for Local Oddballs Everywhere

December 19, 2008

The news that Rachel Nickell’s killer, Robert Napper, has been convicted of the crime, will doubtless bring relief to Ms. Nickell’s long-suffering loved ones. But perhaps no-one will be more relieved than Colin Stagg, the eccentric but completely innocent man whom the police decided had dunnit, and who, despite having had his trial for the crime thrown out of court, has lived under a cloud of “no smoke without fire” suspicion for sixteen years. Stagg was the victim of an erroneous psychological profile, which mistook his lonely, squalid lifestyle for... More