Morris was living in a council-owned flat in Birchills, Walsall, before he was found guilty of the rape and murder of seven-year-old Christine Darby on 16 November 1968. Christine had been enticed into a car by a strange man near her home in Coronation Street, Caldmore, Walsall, on 19 August 1967, and her body was later found on Cannock Chase.
Morris has also been suspected of murdering two other children whose bodies were found on Cannock Chase in 1966.
10-year-old Jane Taylor disappeared from the Cannock area on 14 August 1966 and has not been seen since. Morris has also been named as a possible suspect in connection with Jane's disappearance, although not as frequently as he has been in the hunt for the killer or killers of Margaret or Diane.
Morris was finally arrested on 4 November 1967 in connection with the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Walsall. He was accused of Christine Darby's murder, despite his wife's claim that they were shopping together on the day Christine went missing. She changed her alibi after a police search of their flat uncovered a pornographic photograph of the couple's niece.
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