In 1996, James Patterson Smith reportedly abused his 17-year-old girlfriend, Kelly-Anne Bates, for more than a month before he ended her life. Smith and Bates met while she babysat the children of a friend. She was unaware Smith abused multiple young women prior. Despite their 32-year age difference, Bates moved in with Smith. In England, the legal system considered her an adult, so her parents could not force her to leave Smith. He killed her months later.
Bates's story is particularly harrowing. Reader discretion is advised.
Bates Met Smith When She Was 14
Before Moving In With Smith, Bates Came Home Bruised Several Times
Bates's Parents Saw The Hole Where Smith Held Her Captive
The Police Gave Bates's Mother Domestic Abuse Pamphlets
Smith Held Her Captive In His House Before Killing Her
Bates Endured Unimaginable Suffering