Her murdered daughter was special to her and much loved and she has worked so hard to find her without success. My heart goes out to her and all parents of murdered children!
Georges comment was a bit abrupt but wouldn't say it was unkind. One or two jumping on the badwagon just to score brownie points is far more crass in IMO.
To answer Georges abrupt question, from what I know of the case, its fairly local as it took place just outside Wigan and its a quite high profile case as I learnt about the case through a Wiganer in my last job who told me the story, I think he knew the alledged Murderer or at least knew of him. This was before I read anything about it (well it would as I was only a child at the time of the murder).
OOsmita may very well have a personal interest in the case and on a forum is just a good a place as any. After all, how many Daily Mail reports about an Asylum Seeker in London type stories crop up on here but no one says 'not local news, there is dole cheats in Liverpool as well'.
The Billinge mother has had an added challenge in coming-to-terms with the tragedy, because the 22-year-old's body has never been found.
Mrs McCourt revisited the clay pits and canal bank near Hollins Green where so much of the ****ing evidence that snared killer Ian Simms was found.
Helen vanished on the way home from work on February 9 1988. The following day blood and mud-stained clothing and towels belonging to George and Dragon landlord Simms were found dumped near the waterway.
Even in those days, when DNA technology was less advanced, scientists concluded there was only a one in 168,000 chance that the blood did not belong to a child of Marie.
When Simms more recently took his case to the Criminal Cases Review Board to get the samples re-tested, the probability of its not being Helen's blood rocketed to around 9.5 million to one. Dog walker Eric Bannister also told the trial at the time he had seen Simms's car backed up to the water's edge at Hollins Green. Three weeks later a boy out shooting rats found Helen's handbag further along the towpath.
The area was sealed off and, after a fingertip search, an electric flex, believed to be the murder weapon, was found with Helen's hair in the knot and teeth marks from Simms' dog in the cord itself.
Mrs McCourt has returned to these places before, as she and family and friends have continued their search for Helen's remains. But while she would of course welcome any new leads from the documentary she is equally keen to show there can be life after such an awful event.
She said: "Helen's death led to my involvement in Support after Murder and Manslaughter (SAMM) which has helped some 400 families.
"I want to show there can be positivity. The programme will show what it is like to be given the news but also how you start rebuilding after the media and the attention have gone.
"Your life does not end, you can go forward but it is something you need to work at, otherwise you succumb to a form of depression and shut yourself away from everyone.
"Other people need you and there is work to be done. SAMM is testament to that."
The SAMM Merseyside helpline can be called on 0151 207 6767.