Family of Carol Anne Packman ask murderer Russell Causley to reveal what he did with her body

CLOSURE: Samantha Gillingham

CLOSURE: Samantha Gillingham

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RELATIVES of a woman murdered by her husband have urged him to reveal what he did with her body.

Samantha Gillingham, the daughter of Carol Anne Packman, has blocked an attempt to move her father Russell Causley into a lower category prison.

She said Causley – who is currently serving a life sentence for the 1985 murder of Mrs Packman – should not be transferred until he had acknowledged his crime and told police what he had done with the body.

And Causley’s grandson Neil Gillingham, 24, has echoed his mother’s view. In a message to his grandfather, who he has never met, he said: “You want to be released, that’s absolutely fine – you tell us where she is.”

He will attend Causley’s parole hearing in August with his mother. In a statement due to be read to the parole hearing, Mrs Gillingham said: “Two murder trials, many appeals at the High Court and he says nothing.

“I have not been told where my mother is and the sadness that this causes me is immeasurable.”

Causley, of Portlock Place, Maidenhead, was convicted of murder and jailed in 1996. Following an appeal to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, he was tried for a second time in 2004 and convicted again with a recommendation that he should serve at least 16 years before being considered for parole.

Mrs Packman went missing from the family home in Ipswich Road, Westbourne, in June 1985, shortly after visiting a solicitor to find out about getting a divorce.

Her husband had moved his mistress Patricia Causley into the house and lied that his wife had gone off with another man.

In 1993, he staged his own disappearance from a yacht off the Channel Islands with the aim of making a huge insurance claim. When police tried to contact Mrs Packman to tell her that her husband was presumed drowned, they discovered no-one had seen or heard from her for eight years.

Despite the absence of a body, Russell Causley – who once broke his daughter’s arm in a fit of temper when she was a child – was convicted of murder.

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6:18am Fri 18 Jul 14

Huey says...

I could get the answer off him in 30 seconds with nothing more than a disposable lighter
I could get the answer off him in 30 seconds with nothing more than a disposable lighter Huey
  • Score: 1

6:36am Fri 18 Jul 14

user_name says...

The request of the family should be listened to. He should not be released until or moved until he lets police know what he has done with her body.
The request of the family should be listened to. He should not be released until or moved until he lets police know what he has done with her body. user_name
  • Score: 65

7:23am Fri 18 Jul 14

4FCB says...

He murdered his wife, he broke his young daughters arm in a fit of temper, he colluded to make an insurance scam, and continues to make the lives of his relatives a living hell, and now he feels he deserves a lower category prison life until his release? The guy should be given a lethal injection.
He murdered his wife, he broke his young daughters arm in a fit of temper, he colluded to make an insurance scam, and continues to make the lives of his relatives a living hell, and now he feels he deserves a lower category prison life until his release? The guy should be given a lethal injection. 4FCB
  • Score: 57

7:53am Fri 18 Jul 14

mac340v8 says...

The system needs changing. 'Jack Bauer' type interrogations need to be used in this kind of situation.
The system needs changing. 'Jack Bauer' type interrogations need to be used in this kind of situation. mac340v8
  • Score: 18

9:42am Fri 18 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

Unfortunately, he cannot be excuted, as the family will then never know where their mother, grandmother is. He should not be allowed any sort of parole, and extend is sentence to full life, until such time that he gives up the location of his crime.

A few severe beatings on a daily basis might help. (Sorry Echo my delte button does not work).
Unfortunately, he cannot be excuted, as the family will then never know where their mother, grandmother is. He should not be allowed any sort of parole, and extend is sentence to full life, until such time that he gives up the location of his crime. A few severe beatings on a daily basis might help. (Sorry Echo my delte button does not work). TheDistrict
  • Score: 26

11:56am Fri 18 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

Is that photo of a woman clearly in much distress really necessary ?
Is that photo of a woman clearly in much distress really necessary ? Bob49
  • Score: 3

9:18am Sat 19 Jul 14

Jonwel says...

Take away all his goodies and don't let him out of his cell for exercise. Will they do it NO NO NO.
Take away all his goodies and don't let him out of his cell for exercise. Will they do it NO NO NO. Jonwel
  • Score: 6

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