'I did it because I was bored and on the dole'

Jobless alcoholic who has admitted to one of the most notorious – and damaging – hoaxes in criminal history Kate O'Hara Crime Correspondent "I DID it because I was bored and on the dole" – that was John Humble's lame excuse for one of the most costly and damaging hoaxes of all time.

When the law finally caught up with him last year, he also told them: "I don't know why I've done it – I must've been daft."

But detectives believe Humble knew what he was doing when he penned two letters to Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield and the Daily Mirror in March 1978, sending another letter and a sinister recorded message the following summer.

 

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