The Cannock Chase Murders
"I would describe him as cold, cruel, lustful and just plain wicked."
Former detective chief superintendent Pat Molloy,
Interviewed on BBC Radio WM, August 2001
Raymond Leslie Morris is born 13 August 1929 in Walsall, Staffordshire. Considered good-looking and intelligent, with an above average IQ of 120, he demonstrates an interest in poetry and photography.
He marries in 1951, aged 19, and the couple have two boys. As time passes his wife becomes frightened by his sudden mood swings and icy rages if she dares refuse sudden demands for sex. After eight years, Morris files for divorce on the grounds of her adultery. Even after separating he still demands sex and threatens to withhold maintenance if she refuses.
Seven years later, he marries again, taking care to conceal his violent nature from his new wife, Carol. At 21, she is 14 years his junior.
After a variety of jobs, he becomes a foreman at an engineering works in Oldbury, West Midlands and lives with Carol in a council flat in Birchills, opposite Walsall police station. It is while living in Regent House, Green Lane in Walsall that his murderous behaviour develops.