Two arrested after teenager launches website to find murderers


Two arrested after teenager launches website to find murderers

By Chris Brooke
Last updated at 8:28 AM on 16th October 2008

Daniel Grainger was just five when his mother was murdered and he can remember very little about her.

But 11 years later his determination to find her killers has led to two arrests in connection with the unsolved crime.

A website he set up two months ago,, is understood to have played a part in the development.




Daniel Grainger’s website,, set up when he was just 16 to find his mother’s killer has led to the arrests of two men



The website, containing background about the case and family photos, has been visited by 200,000 people. The site even had to be taken down at one point because it could not cope with demand.


Daniel’s mother, Patricia, was 25 when she was sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed. Her body was dumped in a brook near her home in Parson Cross, Sheffield, and hidden under an old mattress.


Yesterday, South Yorkshire Police revealed they were questioning two men, aged 51 and 59, over her death.


Daniel, who is a college student, was encouraged by the success of ‘cold case’ inquiries to believe that advances in DNA profiling meant his mother’s killers could still be brought to justice.


His website urges users to give information to police and includes a facility enabling people to email him with leads.


It also features a digital clock counting the time to the nearest second since, as he puts it, ‘my mum was murdered’.


He said yesterday: ‘I’m pleased that there has been an important development in the investigation because nothing seems to have happened for the last 11 years.


‘The police have told me they have arrested two men, but I don’t know much more than that because it is in its early stages.


‘I think the website has played a big part in providing important information to help the police. There have been a lot of messages of support but also information that has been passed on to the police.’




Killed: Daniel put this photo of his mum Patricia (far left) on his website with the caption: ‘My mum at a friend’s party I have blurred the image as I don’t have permission to show the faces. Image taken around 16 years ago’

Daniel can still vividly recall the day he was told the devastating news of his mother’s death.

‘I remember crying, seeing the police everywhere on the street, and seeing her photo in the paper,’ he said.

‘I don’t know what kind of life I would have had with her. I was robbed of the chance of finding out and really getting to know her.’

The 16-year-old said that although his mother, who was single, had a low mental age she was a ‘lovely woman who would not hurt a fly’.

He visits his mother’s grave regularly but has only one photograph of himself with her.

Speaking at the launch of his website in August, Daniel said: ‘I’m hoping someone out there will come forward to help put my mum’s killer away, to let her rest in peace, and to allow myself and my family to try to continue life the best we can.’

Interest in the site was sparked by coverage in the local media and some national publicity.

Daniel wrote on his website blog less than three weeks ago: ‘The police have been in contact regularly which is a good thing. They are going over a few things, can’t go into too much detail.’

The youngster has not updated his website since the arrests.

To help jog people’s memories Daniel put on the site an aerial picture of the wooded spot where his mother’s body was found.

He has also published online links to dozens of newspaper articles dating back to the time of his mother’s murder. On his blog he denied he was seeking revenge, saying: ‘I want the person who killed my mum caught and sent to prison where they deserve to be.

‘To me revenge is getting my own back, but even more making someone’s life more miserable than they made yours.

‘I don’t want that I just want justice to be served.’


Daniel Grainger says he was robbed of the chance to get to know his mother

He has also posted a personal ‘message to the murderer’, writing: ‘Although for the last ten years she’s not been there, she has been there in spirit and I know she wants you charged with her murder.

‘She’s spoken to me in my dreams and I remember her in my memories. But I hope you have lived a worse life than me. I haven’t had a bad life, but without a mum it’s bad enough, not easy either.

‘If it takes me until I die I’ll find you. All I have for you is hate. Even if you don’t pay for what you did in this life you will in the next … I promise.’

Last night, a South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘Two men aged 51 and 59, both from Sheffield, have been arrested in connection with the death of Patricia Grainger in 1997.

‘They are currently helping police with inquiries.’






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Arrests over mother’s 1997 murder

Patricia Grainger

Ms Grainger was strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted

Wednesday, 15 October 2008 

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a young mother in Sheffield 11 years ago.

Patricia Grainger, 25, was strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted near her home in Parson Cross. Her body was found dumped in a brook in August 1997.

South Yorkshire Police said the pair arrested, aged 51 and 59, were helping with police enquiries.

Ms Grainger’s son, Daniel, 16, set up a website, two months ago in a bid for new information.

The website has received more than 100,000 visitors.

However police would not say if the arrests on Tuesday were linked to information received from Daniel’s website.

Daniel said he hoped his website would urge people to come forward with vital clues into the murder.

“If someone knows what happened, if they do have a heart then they will read the messages on the website and it may persuade them to come forward finally,” he said.


Source: BBC News


Two held over 1997 murder.
TWO men have been arrested by police investigating the 1997 murder of a woman in Sheffield.


The breakthrough in the inquiry into the death of Patricia Grainger, 25, has come just weeks after her 16-year-old son Danny launched Ms Grainger was found dead near her home in Parson Cross.


Her body was found in a brook, covered by a mattress. She had been sexually assaulted before she was strangled and stabbed.


Danny, who was five when his mother died, launched his website on the 11th anniversary of her death.


Police say the two men arrested are aged 51 and 59 and from Sheffield.


EDIT: The mattress was infact a Divan Bed Base,




Son’s website may help solve Mum’s murder


Monday October 20 2008


Two men were recently arrested 11 years after Daniel Grainger’s mum was killed

A website set up by a son for his murdered mum may have yielded results

A website set up by a murdered woman’s son may have led to a breakthrough in the hunt for her attacker.

Two men were arrested recently in connection with the death of Patricia Grainger, eleven years ago.

Patricia, a 25-year-old with learning difficulties, was sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed, an her body was dumped in a stream and covered with a mattress close to her home in Sheffield.

But now a website launched by her son Daniel, who was just five when she was murdered, may have yielded a vital breakthrough in the murder mystery.

Daniel, (16), set up the website last August, in a desperate final attempt to find out who took his mother’s life.

Over 400,000 readers have so far logged onto his daily blog about life without his mum, and how he lives in hope of the murder being solved.

He says he hopes that advancements in DNA technology will help find the killer, but his own use of technology may have done more to locate leads for the local police.

He uploaded an aerial photograph of the spot where her body was found and sought to tease out witnesses on props like the mattress used.

He put up contact numbers for police and used his free time outside college to constantly update the site.

Even his grandmother joined in the blogs, saying: “Life has been hard without Patricia. Losing a child is something no parent should have to go through.”

Days after the two men were arrested, Daniel wrote: “Not updated the Blog for a while as I have nothing to update it with. The police have released a press statement today which is: Two Men Arrested – Patricia Grainger.”


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