A controversial play about child killer Raymond Leslie Morris has been stopped after the families of his three young victims begged a local thespian to stop it being staged.
Dubbed the 'Monster of Cannock Chase', Morris raped and murdered a seven-year-old girl and was suspected of strangling two others in the 1960s.
Police said the girls had fallen prey to a crazed sex monster who had used the A34 to get to the forest after the abductions.
A year later, the body of Christine Darby was discovered on Cannock Chase by a soldier - just a mile from the first grim discovery.
She had also been taken from near her home before being brutally strangled and sexually assaulted.
The hunt for the Cannock Chase child killer saw 150 detectives visit 39,000 homes, interview 80,000 people and check more than a million car records before Morris's arrest.
But, following an almost 700-signature strong petition and having spoken with heartbroken relatives of the victims, he has decided to cancel the play and apologised for any distress caused.
The 70-year-old former teacher said he was particularly moved after talking to Susan Upton, aged 63, who is Margaret Reynold's older sister.
He was jailed for life after he snatched schoolgirl Christine Darby, seven, off a street and strangled her before dumping her body on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, in 1967.
He was also prime suspect in the murders of five-year-old Diane Tift, from Bloxwich, West Midlands, and six-year-old Margaret Reynolds, from Aston, Birmingham, who disappeared in 1965.
Morris was spoken to four times but slipped through the net when his wife gave him an alibi. In 2011 Morris broke his silence insisting he was an innocent man.
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