Timeline

Crime Files

Timeline

The Short and Brutal Timeline

26 May 1957- Mary is born in Newcastle1966- Martin Brown, Mary’s first victim is born1967- Brian Howe, Mary’s second victim is born25 May 1968- 4-year-old Martin Brown’s body is found in a derelict house27 May 1968- Notes confessing to Martin’s murder are found at nearby vandalised nursery31 July 1968- 3-year-old Brian Howe is killedAugust 1968- Police charge Mary and Norma with murder of Brian Howe and Martin Brown5 December 1968- Trial start at Newcastle Assizes17 December 1968- Newcastle Assizes, Mary Bell is convicted of the manslaughter of Martin Brown and Brian Howe. Norma Bell is acquitted1980- Mary Bell is released from prisonApril 1998- Mary’s teenage daughter becomes aware of her mother’s crimesJune 1998- "Cries Unheard: the story of Mary Bell" is published featuring interviews with Mary Bell2003- The High Court grants lifelong anonymity for Mary and her daughter