Samantha Bryan was 14 when she first found evidence of who her biological father was.
The now 18-year-old was told in Citizenship class that they would be investigating “notorious crimes” around the Grimsby area, England.
Samantha was given the name, Ian Huntley. At that moment, Ian Huntley meant absolutely nothing to her.
“I entered his name into Google and started scrolling through pictures of him,” Samantha told the Daily Mail. There were headlines calling him a ‘cold-hearted child killer’, that sort of thing.
“Then one picture jumped out at me. Although the faces were pixelated, I knew instantly one was my mum. And the little girl standing beside her was me at about ten.
"Why was that picture there? What did he have to do with me? I clicked off the picture immediately. I began to shake, I couldn’t stop the tears."
That night, Samantha went home to ask her mum who her biological father was, after finding out when she was 11 that who she thought was her father had adopted her when she was young.
Indeed, Samantha was the biological child of Ian Huntley, a child killer who had mercilessly murdered two 10-year-old girls in 2002.
The two girls were Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, who had been best friends for life. On August 4, when they mysteriously disappeared, the two had gone for a walk to the local lolly shop.
Holly Wells (left) and Jessica Chapman (right).
For the following 13 days, people searched for the two friends, and during the investigations, Huntley and his partner, Maxine Carr, became prominent figures. Huntley was the caretaker at the girls' school, while Carr was their teacher assistant.
The two regularly appeared in the media, begging for the girls' to return and building facades that they deeply loved the girls.
However, the investigation eventually revealed that Huntley had lured the girls into his home as they walked to the lolly shop. He shared the house with Carr, and although he knew fully disclosed what happened in there, Holly and Jessica were dead within an hour.
This chilling report reveals the brutality behind their murders. (Post continues after video.)
Huntley then went on to bury their bodies and eventually set them on fire.
The killer was sentenced to two life terms, while Carr was released in 2004 with a completely new identity, and now has a child of her own.
But, this wasn't the first time that Huntley had committed heinous crimes. He had previously been accused raping and sexually assaulting a number of women across England, including girls aged just 11.