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Guilty, the couple who killed her parents and buried the bodies

By Emma Sword

A woman and her husband are facing a life sentence after being convicted of murdering her parents and burying them in their own back garden with "cold calculation and meticulousness".

The bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley lay undiscovered for 15 years until police unearthed them last October from the back garden of their former home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

A jury found the couple's daughter Susan Edwards (56) and her husband Christopher (57) guilty of their murders following a two-week trial in Nottingham.

The couple showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out and did not acknowledge each other until they stood to leave the dock, when Edwards put his arm across his wife's shoulders.

During the trial the court heard that the debt-ridden couple had murdered her reclusive parents between May 1 and 5, 1998 at their home.

They then raked in £245,000 over the next 15 years by pretending they were still alive.

The Edwards emptied bank accounts, collected benefits and pension payments and even sold the Wycherleys' home, with the bodies buried in the back garden.

Neighbours and relatives were told that Mr and Mrs Wycherley, 85 and 63, had gone travelling or had moved to the coast for health reasons. Mrs Edwards, a former librarian, wrote Christmas cards and letters to relatives telling them her parents were travelling in Ireland "because of the good air".

But the Edwards fled to France from their home in Dagenham, Essex, after receiving a letter from the Centenarian Society which wanted to contact Mr Wycherley as what would have been his 100th birthday drew near.

The bodies were only unearthed by police at the house, currently occupied by a tenant, last October, after the Edwards ran out of money.

Despite their debts, the couple spent thousands on film star memorabilia.

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