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EXCLUSIVE – The home where child killer Lucy Letby was first arrested: Inside a £179,000 home where investigators found key evidence helping to convict the nurse of killing babies – including a damning post It read, “I AM EVIL, I DID THIS.”

This is the home where killer nurse Lucy Letby was first arrested – and where police uncovered crucial evidence that helped convict her of seven counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

In one journal, investigators found a scathing sticky note covered in scrawled words, including the scathing words: ‘I AM EVIL.’ I DID THIS’.

The former neonatal nurse bought the Chester semi-detached house in April 2016 for just under £179,000 while she was carrying out her clandestine killing spree at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

But two years later, investigators raided the scene and found the pool of incriminating evidence.

Letby moved into the home after leaving the nurses’ quarters on the hospital’s grounds.

Lucy Letby's living room has a cozy armchair and a corner sofa that leans towards the TV

Lucy Letby’s living room has a cozy armchair and a corner sofa that leans towards the TV

Letby's dining room with a dining table for four in an open plan living area

Letby’s dining room with a dining table for four in an open plan living area

Your spacious kitchen has modern, well-kept appliances and lots of spacious cupboards

Your spacious kitchen has modern, well-kept appliances and lots of spacious cupboards

The house has French doors to the garden and is adjacent to the Blacon crematorium which has a memorial garden for babies.

Photos of Letby’s messy home were shown to jurors at Manchester Crown Court by prosecutors in week 24 of the marathon trial that just ended with 14 life sentences for Britain’s most prolific baby killer of modern times.

When the court was shown photos of her bedroom, 33-year-old Letby cried in the dock.

The jury was told that the defendant was first arrested at the home at 6 a.m. on July 3, 2018.

A distraught Letby wiped away tears as photos of her bedroom – taken by a crime scene investigator – appeared on screen in court.

On the bedroom walls hung two framed pictures with the slogans “Shine Like A Diamond” and “Leave Sparkles Wherever You Go”.

Two teddy bears lay on an unmade double bed, while items on the floor included a red suitcase, a large burgundy purse and a small black purse, the court learned.

Prosecutor Philip Astbury said police recovered three handwritten notes from one of the purses.

The notes included tightly written words that filled the pages and declarations of love to a fellow doctor who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Next to his name were “I loved you” and “my best friend.”

The spacious bathroom had a shower cubicle and a large bathtub under a bright window

The spacious bathroom had a shower cubicle and a large bathtub under a bright window

The second bedroom is light and airy with a large bed and spacious wardrobe with full length mirror

The second bedroom is light and airy with a large bed and spacious wardrobe with full length mirror

There was also a wooden trellis against her neighbor's shed in the garden - that would be perfect for climbing plants

There was also a wooden trellis against her neighbor’s shed in the garden – that would be perfect for climbing plants

The Chester property even featured a large lawn in their back garden, with a few shrubs lining the shared fence of the semi-detached house

The Chester property even featured a large lawn in their back garden, with a few shrubs lining the shared fence of the semi-detached house

Also included in the notes were the words “help me,” “I can’t do this anymore,” and “how can life be like this.”

The jury was told that a diary from 2016 was recovered from a dresser.

A reference to “twins” was recorded for April 8, the birthdate of two twin boys whom the Crown says Letby tried to murder, the court learned. The jury later found that Letby had attempted to murder both twins.

A note was made on April 9 stating “Twin Resus”.

Other entries from June 23, 24 and 25 included initial letters which the Crown said related to three other babies, including two triplets, whom Letby allegedly attacked those days after returning from a holiday in Ibiza. The jury found Letby guilty of the two murders of triplets and could not reach a verdict on the third child.

Mr Astbury said a green post-it note was found in the diary and was shown to the jury at the start of Letby’s trial.

Part of the note read, “I don’t deserve to live. I killed her on purpose because I’m not good enough to take care of her,” “I’m a terribly bad person,” and in capital letters, “I’m bad , I did that”.

An A4-sized piece of paper was also found in the diary, which also contained jumbled handwritten notes, the court learned.

One sentence read: “I killed her.” I don’t know if I killed her. Maybe I did. Maybe it’s me.’

A lifelong Ibiza bag was found under her bed containing four shift handover sheets for the dates June 23, June 24, June 25 and June 28, 2016, the court heard.

Also in the bag was her NHS work card as a “registered pediatric nurse,” jurors learned.

The former neonatal nurse bought the Chester semi-detached house in April 2016 for just under £179,000 while she was carrying out her clandestine killing spree at the Countess of Chester Hospital

The former neonatal nurse bought the Chester semi-detached house in April 2016 for just under £179,000 while she was carrying out her clandestine killing spree at the Countess of Chester Hospital

Letby - wearing a blue hoodie with the ribbons covered in pink glitter - is handcuffed from her home following her arrest by Cheshire Police in July 2018

Letby – wearing a blue hoodie with the ribbons covered in pink glitter – is handcuffed from her home following her arrest by Cheshire Police in July 2018

Letby gets into the police car and tells officers to be careful as she just had knee surgery

Letby gets into the police car and tells officers to be careful as she just had knee surgery

Lucy Letby's custody photo

While working at the Countess of Chester Hospital, the nurse went on a year-long killing spree

Pediatric nurse Lucy Letby (left in a custody photo and right at her work at the hospital) went on a year-long killing spree while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital

A Morrisons tote bag recovered from the bedroom contained 31 handover sheets, a blood gas reading for a child she allegedly attacked and a paper towel with handwritten CPR notes.

On 3 July 2018, searches also took place at Letby’s parents’ home in Hereford and at the defendant’s place of work in the hospital’s Risk and Patient Safety Office.

The court learned that a search of Letby’s annual leave application form was found during the office search, covered in sloppily written, jumbled words.

Hearts were scrawled on the form, along with the random words “Tigger,” “Smudge,” “Bergerac,” and “Help Me.” It was later revealed that Tigger and Smudge were the names of the rescue cats that Letby owned.

Phrases scrawled across the form included: “I have confided in you everything and loved you”, “I really can’t do this anymore, I just want life to be the way it was”, “I want in the job, loved ones… really don’t belong anywhere, I’m a problem to those who know me and it would be a lot easier for everyone if I just walked away.

Letby was arrested again at her parents’ home on June 10, 2019 and November 11, 2020.

A search of the property’s garage on June 10 uncovered another handwritten note found inside a black garbage bag.

Phrases along those lines have included “kill me gently,” “broken heart,” and “no one will ever know what happened or why.”

On the same day, six pages of children’s medical records unrelated to the trial were found at her parents’ home.

A total of 257 handover forms were seized during searches conducted as part of the investigation, 21 of which contained the names of babies on the indictment.

The mug shots of Letby’s former home contrasted starkly with those shown when Letby decided to sell the property following her arrest. She sold the property in December 2019 for £201,000.

Letby cried in court when her messy bedroom was shown.  Pictured: The bedroom, complete with her inspirational wall hangings and plants

Letby cried in court when her messy bedroom was shown. Pictured: The bedroom, complete with her inspirational wall hangings and plants

Photos of Lucy Letby's bedroom were released after her sentencing.  A canvas on the wall bears the slogan:

Photos of Lucy Letby’s bedroom were released after her sentencing. A canvas on the wall bears the slogan: “Leave glitter wherever you go”

Lucy Letby's childhood bedroom in her Chester home.  There are fairy lights on the bedposts, floral patterned curtains, stuffed animals on the bed, and wall hangings that read 'A dream is a wish your heart makes' and 'Happy Prosecco Season'.

Lucy Letby’s childhood bedroom in her Chester home. There are fairy lights on the bedposts, floral patterned curtains, stuffed animals on the bed, and wall hangings that read ‘A dream is a wish your heart makes’ and ‘Happy Prosecco Season’.

The photos show scattered stuffed animals on the bed, which is adorned with a duvet cover with a floral pattern and butterflies

The photos show scattered stuffed animals on the bed, which is adorned with a duvet cover with a floral pattern and butterflies

A picture of the corner of Lucy Letby's bedroom shows pink suitcases, a Sports Direct bag filled with clothes, and two handbags.  A pink hoodie can be seen in the reflection of a free-standing mirror

A picture of the corner of Lucy Letby’s bedroom shows pink suitcases, a Sports Direct bag filled with clothes, and two handbags. A pink hoodie can be seen in the reflection of a free-standing mirror

In a 'confession' in which she described herself as a 'horrible person' before writing, 'I AM EVIL I DID THIS' (pictured)

In a ‘confession’ in which she described herself as a ‘horrible person’ before writing, ‘I AM EVIL I DID THIS’ (pictured)

In other notes seized by police, Letby had written,

In other notes seized by police, Letby had written, “Hate my life,” “I can’t do it anymore,” and “HELP.”

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