Canal killer’s stepdaughter: ‘I was terrified my stepdad would kill me too’

Natasha Larrobino featured in Closer, April 2011 Closer - April 16 - 22, 2011
By Natasha Larrobino

Natasha Larrobino has always lived in fear of her evil serial killer stepfather, John Sweeney, but finally feels safe knowing he’ll never be free.

Last week, twisted John Sweeney made headlines when he was found guilty of murdering two ex-girlfriends, chopping up their bodies and dumping their butchered remains in canals.
The 54 year old was already serving a life sentence for the attempted murder of another ex, Delia Balmer, when new evidence meant he was finally convicted of the two killings and was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail.
Sweeney mutilated victims Melissa Halstead and Paula Fields and depicted his grisly acts in macabre drawings, in which he dubbed himself the “Scalp Hunter.”
For his stepdaughter, Natasha, the daughter of his ex-wife, Ann, Sweeney’s sentence brings relief. “Finally, I’m free of him,” says Natasha, who feared for her life when Sweeney was on the run for six years, wanted for his attack on Delia.

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